They say good things come to those who wait, I say “Good things come to those who Work.” Yes, we should hope and dream, but we must not sit and wait. If you have a dream, an ambition, a business plan – that’s just step 1 my friend. You see, everything creative starts with an idea, then come all the critical steps in achieving them.
Success is not a straight line, along the way there will be sacrifices. There will be many hurdles you must jump, but the finish line can only be reached if you carry on running – so don’t give up. Even if you have to work a boring 9 to 5, by all means do so. It would be great to have a mentor, but if you cannot find one, read books – autobiographies specifically.
Carry on the good fight by continuously reminding yourself of where you want to be, be positive, and paint happiness. Paint happiness is a term I’ve coined, it simply means creating a picture in your everyday life, with each person you encounter daily being a unique colour. By using people as positive colours, you create this aura of optimism and thus your day will blossom.
To conclude, I leave you with a short story from a man who managed the Spice Girls, David Beckham, Lewis Hamilton, Andy Murray and many more. I was working in Harrods and this man casually dressed walked up to me and asked where the Paul Smith section was? I replied and said, “are you Simon Fuller” amazed he said, “how did you know.” I told him that I had seen only one picture on the internet and had read his autobiography. Anyway he purchased the shoes, and eager to get advice, I asked – What’s the key to success. He said, “don’t talk about, don’t even think about it – just do it!”
A close friend of mine once told me to not over think, as according to her, “thinking can also be a disease.” Who was I to argue, since she along with her family had been coping with the death of their mother for several years.
There have been many occasions where I drift away and think, think even more, and think again. This affects the actual doing, you know the process that produces results … yeah that thing. There is a voice in all of us that says, “no you’re no good, no you can’t do this, what will people say,” the list goes on. But ultimately, to achieve results one must ignore this type of thinking and actually do what is in sync with your destiny.
One day, my mum told me to do the dishes. She walked out the house and I went to look at the kitchen sink. It was full of plates, immediately I thought to myself that I’ll do it later. Hours went by and I would think, “mum will be back soon, I must wash those dishes.” But it was until I went spontaneously to the kitchen for a drink that I just did, without the lazy thinking, started to wash them one by one.
In short, negative thinking will waste your energy, you must focus on your inner stillness that directs you to results. If you have trouble in finding your inner stillness, firstly ignore the negative voice and focus on sound much like transcendental meditation. If there happens to be no sound, listen to the sound of you breathing.
From my academic experience (amounting to 6 years) I have learned that being critical is not bad, unless when one is too critical then you ultimately doubt yourself. I am naturally creative and played the piano from an early age, so academic life taught me the other side, both of these were a blessing.
I came across Edward de Bono (considered by most a pioneer in creative thinking) and I learned through his lateral way that you can actually be creative in step by – critical-creative steps. I strongly believe this is a method for employees or entrepreneurs to live by, that is why … I always say,
be creative … act critical.