Tuesday, May 10, 2011
As I pondered where my business might go next and where I might go with it, I had this utterly simple, surely quite obvious thought: Go only where you are wanted. Because maybe business is about assertion, persuasion, winning, getting the job. But business is also, ultimately, about doing the job—about working companionably with another. In my line of work—transforming others' knowing or dreams or achievements into meaningful stories and effective publications—words matter, craftsmanship counts, and passion is essential. It's subjective. It's personal. And maybe you can fight your way in through the door, but is that the wisest thing to do if the door doesn't open easily to begin with?
This sounds obvious to you. It sounds obvious to me. But it took a long car drive to ease into the peaceful notion of letting the world come my way, of waiting. I will be missed, or I won't be. I will be needed, or not. But there is only one go-around in this life of ours, and I don't want to spend what's left of mine fighting to be recognized or remembered. Spring is here. There is sun out there, and blooms. That is what is waiting for me at the moment, and I'm opening my door to it.