Ahem. To find inspiration, you sit in front of your laptop or your pad of paper, and you wait. You wait quietly and without complaint. You wait for the thunderbolt, the lightning strike, the flash of genius. You do not write, you do not draw, you do not do anything. You are an automaton awaiting the gift of inspiration. If you betray inspiration by getting to work, inspiration will betray you…
It’s been said that passion drives change. I don’t agree. I think passion can be a catalyst or an adrenaline rush, but it is not the driver of change. Passion, on its own, falters quickly. It is not meant for the long-term, and the long-term is what is in question when it comes to systemic change.
It’s easy to get lost in the daily grind: you get up, go through your morning routine, go to work, maybe take a lunch break, return to work, go home, have dinner, maybe relax with the family. Rinse and repeat for five days a week. It becomes normal, comfortable. It lulls you into a sense of safety and security. You forget to ask if your routine is the best one, although you sometimes wonder. You wonder if it’s the best way. You wonder if it’s the most productive way.
Several weeks ago, I sent an e-letter that talked about not giving up. Ralph Dopping happened to read it, and he replied to it with a question: “How do you battle self-doubt?” I thought and thought about the question, then I sent a reply to Ralph. I also asked him if a follow-up blog post might be warranted. He didn’t seem to mind either way, so, here I am, writing a blog post about how to battle self-doubt.
Many conversations have occurred about whether introverts or extroverts are better at certain tasks than others. For instance, extroverts generally are thought to be better salespeople than introverts. Are they? Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. Some extroverts can be so outgoing and opinionated that they alienate the person to whom they are selling, perhaps even more so if they are attempting to sell to an introvert. An introvert won’t appreciate the pushiness. He or she either will succumb to pressure, push back, or retreat to the safety found outside the store.