Over the course of my career, I've interacted with many amazingly creative people — from fashion designers, business leaders, creative directors, Makers to bona fide visionaries. They have all had an incredible influence on my philosophies about work and life. My biggest takeaway from working side by side with this impressive group of people is that you CAN build a creative career and life. Your creativity doesn't have to be something you nurture only in your downtime. I would argue that you are ultimately doing yourself a disservice if you don't find ways to ignite your creativity through what you do everyday. Here are 5 tips for a creative career and life:
1. Creativity is about taking risks. Most creativity involves some kind of risk — risk that you will be laughed at, criticized, judged or even fired. But there is also no great reward without great risk. So in order to innovate, taking risks is absolutely necessary. Call it blind bravery — the idea that sometimes you have to jump without a net and have faith that one will appear if you need it!
2. It is all about the hustle. I heard Gary Vaynerchuk speak at my business school a few years ago — he is all about hustling in order to create. For those of us seeking more creative career paths, hustling is a pre-requisite to success. It means reading, researching, cold-calling, cold-emailing, meeting with hundreds of people to get the introduction or information you need. Through this process and you'll likely become more focused and therefore more strategic...strategic hustling, if you will?
3. Develop your personal brand. Know who you are, what you're great at, what you love and what you believe in. Weave all that into a fascinating story about yourself and carry it around with you. People want to work and connect with you, not your resume.
4. Seek out like-minded people. It is hard to follow your heart when all you hear around you is "that's crazy — why would you want to do that", "it's not stable", "what if it doesn't work" etc. You spend all your time shielding your resolve from everyone else's point of view. Since I've decided to take the entrepreneurial route I have been in touch with so many entrepreneurs and the support and like-minded thinking has been incredibly invigorating! Make a point to find people who think about life and work like you do.
5. Look at your career and life like an adventure. There is no set path so nobody can tell you exactly what, when and how to do something. Leverage your passion, listen to your gut and have a vision and you will have quite a ride! (ahem, speaking from recent experience on this one ;))If you haven’t yet signed up for BRIKA, hop to it and discover well-crafted goods from inspiring and passionate Makers at brika.com. Did you like this story? You’ll probably like these as well!