Oh boy, attending meetings was “eating me” during my consulting career a lot. Gosh, how many sheets of paper have been destroyed with child-like drawings of various shapes , which were a result of my boredom and internal fight with a loud voice, screaming inside my head:
“Why the heck, are we all losing our time, here?!”
Let me share with you my journey
“I am busy with meetings person”
“Don’t expect me to participate on a meeting, unless we will be shipping.”
I was a “SP” = “scared pretender”
I was pretending to be busy, I was pretending that I know all the answers, I was pretending to be who I was not…
Why all this drama?
Because, I was afraid
I was afraid to act , I was afraid that my ideas are not good enough, I was afraid to express different opinion to my superiors, I was afraid, that someone will find out that I am not an expert on the subject, I was afraid that others know more than I do, I was afraid of being laughed at…
I was not allowing myself to think that I have an ability to ship any worthy creative ideas.
Therefore, spending time on meetings was shortening my days and was helping me to get closer to the day of a paycheck.
Gosh, what an exhausting dishonest survival it was!
Can you “feel with me”? Have you ever felt like this before?
Are you still a victim to those kind of situations?
Do you want to change it?
If YES, then please read further…
I am a “passionate shipper” = “PS”
Now, I do stuff!
I create and ship totally new ideas, documents, blogs, videos – all out of scratch. I run events, which have not been organized before. I also fail and ” screw up” along the way, but the secret is to carry on delivering and the most important is to implement into your shipments lessons learned from failures.
Work is much more fun, than filling in templates and reporting about things, which have been done before!
Seriously guys, give an honest look at documents, which you produce at work.
Are you not only describing past events? Are you not just copying documents, which have been done before by someone else? Are you not just changing font or adding your name or company logo to it? Are you not tired of presenting the same slide deck over and over again? I know snacks on those conferences are pretty tasty and your ego might be also pleased withe being on a “stage” with your 30th time “the same presentation” screening.
I am offering you a trade off
Do you prefer to remain a “Scared Pretender”?
Do you want to tap that amazing creative artist within you, which will transform you to a “Passionate Shipper”?
If Passionate Shipper was your choice, carry on reading…
TRANSFORMATION from “SP” to “PS”
It is like journey through a jungle without any map. It is hard work. It requires courage and your total dedication. It will force you to learn new stuff every single day. It will make you even dream about your shipments in your sleep. Shipping will change pace of time for you and you will be “pissed off” , when your clock will indicate that you should go to sleep.
Passionate shipping often means total cut off from any disturbances –
You must say loud “NO” to:
Gatherings next to water coolers, tabloids newspaper reading, long chit chats during smoking breaks and most importantly to the meetings without proper agenda and without “ready to ship” attendees in it.
Could you live with that?
If YES, then you are ready to start to live honest and meaningful life.
Your work will become love made visible
it might bring tears of joy to people’s eyes,
it might have such a strong impact, that it will change lives
you too will be a part of making this world a better place.
Dear Super Cool Gang-ers
I totally believe in YOU and I see an amazing “passionate shipping” potential in YOU!
World needs your art, right now!
When you decide to undertake this journey, tell us about it! If you are already a “passionate shipper”, share your art and successes with us.
See you in comments.
P.S. from “P.S.” : If I can help you with your transformation, do let me know.
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