Over the last two weeks, I’ve created 10 one-minute videos.
While a seemingly small, inconsequential project – it’s taught me some significant lessons. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.
I don’t know what’s going on inside your heads, but if it’s anything like mine and others I know – it houses a chattering inner critic. A voice that tells me all the ways I could be better. Or how much I could improve. Or reminds me of all the ways I’m not quite enough.
On one hand, the inner critic is great! It fuels us to achieve the excellent and ambitious. Like writing my talk last week.
On the other hand, that inner critic is a total asshole. (more…)
“I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain.” —Red, The Shawshank Redemption
Last week, I helped facilitate a career change workshop on the topic of identity.
Identity is a hairy topic in career change largely because who we are in society is so tightly tied to what we do.
Lately, I feel like my career is a little schizophrenic. A peek into my most recent “workweek” helps illustrates what I mean. (The first oddity: my workweek began on a Saturday.)
Air Force flight instructor Commander John Boyd could beat anybody in an aerial battle using a simple strategy: make the first move, lightning fast.
Often that first move was an erroneous one. Nevermind. Speedy Boyd would change directions and reposition into a better position – before his opponent moved at all.
“I don’t need time. What I need is a deadline.”
— Duke Ellington
I woke up at 3:15am on a Saturday morning, stumbled into clothing and biked 30 minutes across town from East to South London. Zombie-like and bloodshot, dodging broken glass and other remnants of a Friday night, I cursed myself.
Feedback can be hard. First, drumming up the courage to ask for it. Then actually listening to it without taking it personally. And perhaps hardest of all: sifting through conflicting feedback to know what to listen to, and what to ignore.