You will find creativity and inspiration if you look for it. In a lot of cases, you actually don’t have to look very far. Sometimes we look out to the media or to some big stars, celebrities, or the people at the top of our organization to provide the inspiration. I find it’s usually in the quiet day to day moments where I find of the most inspiration. How do I do that? I revisit my existing networks as sources of people to help when I’m looking for innovation or looking for motivation. I ask you – Who are those people that inspire you in your network? Do you know what they’re up to now?
There’s often special people in our lives that we lose track of over time. We get busy. Things are happening – things to do and people to see in the hustle and bustle of just getting through the week. I encourage building in some intentionality, even if it is just once a month. Rekindle and catch up with some of those inspiring people in your lives. Find out what interesting things that they’re doing. What are those passionate things that they’re maybe pursuing outside of work or inside of work? Because you know them, the inspiration they provide is significantly more meaningful than some generic stuff you’re going to read online. Generic advice isn’t the best way to transform yourself. It doesn’t get through the tougher parts of transformation.
Here’s a real example: My friend Paul, writing technical articles for a journal and now writing books. I smile and think, “Hey, I can do that too.” Or I see another friend of mine Greg that actually transformed his whole career to move into more data science. When I see real examples I think, wow, that’s really possible. People can actually do it. This means that you can do it as well. I’d encourage you to look around you in your network and see where you can find the encouragement and motivation yourself. Who will you talk to next?
If you want to hear more about what I discussed on the HumanCurrent Podcast – Click Here. Otherwise, stay tuned for my next post where I will share more reflections from the podcast.