Ok, ok, I promise to not be so serious going forward. It’s not helping my campy, dry sense-o-humour but I have to wrap it up this week with a wrap-up-post-to-follow-the-serious-post-earlier-this-week post to wrap up the guiding principles we established for theviewfromhere. Holy crap, now that was a mouthful.
It’s important for ME to do this for YOU plus it helps to wrap things up in a neat little bow (tie).
I am like that. A neat-little-bow-wrapping kind of guy.
And I am ok with that.
Sidebar: A guy that I work with spilled something on his shirt yesterday and being “one the guys” he decided to ask the ladies in the office for a Tide stick (if you don’t know what it is click here). Well, as a joke he came to me. One of the ladies, I assumed. Bastard. Well, the joke was on him because none of the ladies actually had one and I just so happened to be the GUY with the Tide stick. Booo-yah!
I am also ok with that.
Ok with having a Tide stick and being one of the ladies once in a while, that is. It’s good for us to explore the many sides of our personalities, on occasion, and it’s ok to laugh at yourself too. It builds confidence and security in who you are. I am going with THAT.
So, speaking of exploring the many sides of who we are, we established the 4 guiding principles for theviewfromhere which we shared with you in our last post and to build on that we thought we would address the why to the how. If you missed those please click here.
As Simon Sinek recommends the how is the glue to why we do what we do. If you are unfamiliar with the concept then please read It Starts with Why or watch this short TED Talk to get the gist. The book will draw you toward a way to answer this big question.
Why do you do what you do?
Go on, we’ll be here waiting for you.
So, now it’s about the why and the why relies on what we confirmed from reading a book by Daniel Pink aptly named Drive and also what we realized after reading the new book by Austin Kleone titled Steal Like an Artist which are, coincidently, both in our Read This Stuff! page link.
Go read them. We recommend you do and this post will always be here waiting for you when you get back.
Now, before we go on, please remember, like anything in life, we do not hang our hats on these ideas. We use them for INSPIRATION and form our own opinions and conclusions (remember, I am Mr. Stating the Obvious, that ever obscure but well loved super-hero). That’s what is so great about reading and what’s so great about the social web.
It’s all about learning and the research is inspiring.
I believe in the concepts in these books and they resonate with me. I have always maintained that if there is one thing you can take from a book then you are richer for it. Well, we have hit the motherload with these two publications and they tie together, quite by coincidence, very nicely.
So, let’s start with Drive.
Drive confirmed a few things that we inherently know but find challenging to articulate, namely; our motivation to achieve these principles is driven by our basic need to make a difference. You certainly have had that feeling. That real pull to do something more. Where does that come from? It comes from inside you. We all have it and it’s a matter of recognizing it and drawing on that desire.
Recognize it, draw on it, do something with it.
Notwithstanding that we all come from a variety of walks of life and we all have differing viewpoints from which we work, play and live there are three common elements that reinforce our innate need to create value in our lives. Those elements are autonomy; the ability to do without undue influence, mastery; getting really good at what you do through continued practice and purpose; caring that what you do can and will make a difference to your life and the lives of others around you.
Tell me, what’s the toughest of those three to achieve?
To me, all three but autonomy is likely be the biggest challenge we all face. Whether you are in business for yourself or work for someone else, are alone or have a huge family we all have varying degrees of autonomy in our lives and working within those borders is where we have to find our mastery and purpose. It’s really just about recognizing where you are comfortable and what you really need to change in order to challenge yourself to achieve your goals.
I may be over-simplifying these ideas here but I think you get the idea. After all, we have all heard the clichés throughout our lives:
- It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.
- Practice makes perfect.
- Do unto others what you would have them do to you.
That’s the drive behind theviewfromhere guiding principles but what about stealing like an artist? Simple. Your art is not original. Period. There are some very basic tenets that we have adopted in our principles from Steal Like an Artist, the most important of which is if you don’t do something no one will know how bad you suck at it……at first.
No s**t! Not kidding, no way.
Hey, look at it this way. At least you are doing something. Starting something. You are actively learning, accepting, sharing and acting which is a lot more than what you were doing before. Know who you are and forget what you think you are capable of. That is what we think it means to have an open mind.
And with that open mind we ask you to consider these questions:
- Why try to prove you are good when you can spend that effort learning to be better?
- Why not accept your faults, expose them and overcome them?
- Why rely on friends that prop you up when you can ask them to challenge you?
- Why stay with the status quo when you can look for experiences that stretch your ability?
Learn. Accept. Share. Act.
Happy hunting, my friends.