Seth Godin’s Blog today talked about “confront[ing] the fear and discomfort of being in the world and saying, “here, I made this,” “. Made me think about being at work and being tasked with coming up with “creative” and “out-of-the-box” ideas. No matter how often they say that, we still hold back a bit because people often say that but really, they want a toned down version of it. They want one foot still in the box, or more often than not, they just want us to paint the box a different colour.
- So we are often faced with the conundrum of how much of ourselves to put out there, how crazy/outlandish can we be without getting that scary disapproving look. But here’s a better question – in this globalised cluttered full of competition world, how crazy and outlandish can you NOT afford to be? Even if you don’t work in marketing and don’t have to worry about making a product stand-out, there is still yourself to worry about, how do you make yourself stand-out? Hard work is good yes but innovative work is better, so if you have a new way to format those spreadsheets, you let your boss know, it shows that you’re thinking and want to do a better job.
So today’s challenge – be courageous and share your outlandish, crazy, out-of-the-box idea.