Does being an expert make it easier to communicate?
Some would say of course.
You are the expert. You’ve spent the time to become an expert in your field.
You know more about your field than the person who hired you.
Why do you keep doing the same thing over and over again even though you're not getting the response you want?
It’s what you know. You’ve done it before.
Sometimes we equate familiarity with success
There is comfort in the familiar. It gives you a sense of pride and satisfaction.
And it’s scary to think...
Sure. we all have opinions.
It makes up who we are.
We don’t think about it very often.
We act out of habit.
If you are by yourself and have no one to answer to or, if you surround yourself with like minded people then you would have little motivation to question your opinions.
Your opinions are important. As a creative person you draw upon your experiences to help make your choices.
What would cause you to reconsider?
Cooking can be creative. It is also a complex task.
You have to decide on your dish, buy your ingredients and assemble them.
If you’re lucky you can tweak the recipe to imprint your style and taste.
The experienced chef can magically make meals appear from next to nothing.
To the uninitiated making a complicated meal and having it ready to be served at the same time is unimaginable.
A chef would never consider...
Being the expert...
For some, this is the holy grail.
If only more people knew what you know
If only they were aware of what you have to offer.
If they only knew how emotionally invested you are in the work and the blood sweat and tears you have expended.
As a service provider the only thing your client is really concerned with is...
It’s funny how narrow minded some people can be. They may work hard and attain a degree of competency and then use that as a reference to say I’m ready for the world.
You go to school. You learn. You practice. You do all the things that people you trust suggest you do. Shouldn’t that be enough to succeed?
Achieving excellence is not a singular pursuit of a skill or knowledge.
Focusing on one aspect of your business and life can result in mastering a skill but will not be enough ...
Not everyone is aware that the creative process has two parts. Ideas are great...a lot of us have active imaginations and ideas come easily. Less obvious is the importance of being object about your efforts.
I describe the creative process as being engaged in the subjective, participatory phase and an equally important objective, observer phase.
Think of it like this.
The act of creation is...
This is a tough business. You have to be tough to survive.
The constant rejection
The dog eat dog competition
Navigating through a community that confuses having a lot of contacts with few true friendships.
The inflexibility that comes with strong opinions is...