Chapter 6 Do

Fail fast, fail often, get those failures out of the way so that idea that sets your pants on fire will come to life.

Well, you know I don’t want you to get burned.

l want you sparkling.

You know about brainstorming. It can be with others, or by yourself. It’s an opportunity to throw ideas out without judgment, ridicule or naysayers who say that it can’t work.

If naysayers tend to be in your vicinity, don’t tell them what you’re doing. Just do it. But be sure to write down your ideas before they evaporate.

Later on, you can fine-tune.

Remember that wishes and daydreams can become a reality if we keep them constantly before us. Tap, tap, tap.

I often mention writing things down, and I know that people tend to gloss over that suggestion, yet that’s where the music begins.

Scientists keep lab notes, artists keep sketchbooks, and cooks write down their recipes.

We need to record our findings, impressions, successes, and failures. So, get out your notebook. (This will be fun.).

  I suggest using cursive writing for this exercise—remember cursive? I hear they are not teaching it in schools anymore. I know how handy a keyboard is, and right now I have writer’s cramp from jotting down notes in my workbook.

After reading that cursive increases neural activity in certain sections of the brain, similar to meditation, I’m wondering if I ought to do more composing longhand. It took me a long while to be able to compose on the keyboard. NOW I hear that writing long-hand will up one’s creativity.

According to a study performed at  The Indiana University, the mere action of writing by hand unleashes creativity not easily accessed in any other way. And it has been found that students who take notes longhand remember more of the material than those who type directly into the computer.

Have I convinced you?

Jeff Bezos said he didn’t go to Harvard, but the people who work for him do.

We threw out our Encyclopedia Britannica’s a few years ago, for all that information is online now. Google it.

If you have a burning desire to be a doctor—well, you will have to do the necessary work. Better get started.

So many jobs offered now want 3-4 years of experience in their precise field. To heck with creativity. they want someone to slip into the open slot fully developed, a clone of the one that left that spot open. What’s the fun of hiring someone who has burnt himself out already and now will slip unseen into your company?

I’m not saying no to experience, I’m saying cut a little slack here. If you are a welder, I would expect you to know your way around a blow torch. Many other jobs can be learned quickly.

I was a Dental Assistant a long time ago, right out of high school, and trained by the Dentist who hired me. (A Dentist probably wouldn’t do that anymore, but the one I worked for liked to train his own assistants—well actually the girl I replaced did most of the training.)

 I worked for him for three years and he was smart enough to tell me that I had learned what I needed to learn and to move on to something else. (Like college.) I got married and slipped into another dental assistant position for two more years until my husband graduated, then I went to college. It worked. I loved my jobs.

I am grateful.

In many fields, training is necessary to get a license—such as being a Real Estate agent. There are online courses. I thought I wanted to be an agent, took the course, passed my tests, had my background checked, as well as 14 fingerprints taken—bet you didn’t know I had so many fingers. Then I decided I didn’t want to be a Real Estate Agent. I just like houses, and I thought it would be fun to sell them to people, but there is more to it.

This leads up to now and the time of entrepreneurs, and you, here digging into your soul to unleash your inner warrior.

I’m assuming because you are still here, that you want to be your own boss. Start your own business, and live as you choose.

I have found in writing down my dream place—see, I’m taking this course with you— that I want to live where it’s green, and where there are lots of flowers. I love houses and planning them, and setting a tone for the future makes my heart sing.

Come sing along with me:

The questions are for you to answer. All the suggestions stated are only that, suggestions. I’m sure you can think of many more.

Where would you like to live?

Be specific, country, tropics, forests, mountains urban, Paris?

  • In what sort of a dwelling?

Apartment, house, log cabin, mansion, a fixer-upper in Italy, a bamboo house in Costa Rica?

  • What is your occupation?

If, as you are listing jobs and feel you don’t have adequate education, go to the sources. Ray Bradbury, one of the great science fiction writers of our time, self-educated himself. He began at one end of the library and read around it.

  • With whom would you like to live?
  • What is your mode of living?
    • Work at home.
    • Have an office, a shop.
  • Do you like to work with your hands?
    • Building devices?
    • Repairing machinery?
    • Building airplanes, Gypsy wagons, wild west wagons, tiny houses?
    • Bicycle repair, selling.
    • Painting?
    • Sculpting?
  • Are you drawn to artistic endeavors?
    • Writing,
    • blogging,
    • music (You could move to Hawaii and play at restaurants, pubs, resorts.)
  • Become a teacher of something
    • Music,
    • Tutoring,
    • Language
    • Go aboard and teach English
    • Become a rafting guide, a personal coach.

Look for patterns as you move through your suggestions.

In your mind’s eye, you are doing the job you want, you are feeling the joy that comes from performing that job.

Suddenly your dream feels real.

Before I began this course, I wrote in my notebook that I wanted to work with or serve people that are interested in delving into success oriented material, on top of that I want to connect with people who are willing to stretch their belief systems, and to include divine influence.

Around the time of Michelangelo and such artists, many believed that it wasn’t they who did the work but the muse. “A stroke of genus,” meant that unseen forces had come to their aid, and they need not take the credit, for it came from a higher power.

I had to laugh, though, when I came upon this question: “What specific, specialized knowledge did you acquire in school?”

My quick answer was, “How to put in a zipper.”

That was from my homemaking class in high school, and here I have a BA in Biology, yet the zipper was the first thing that came to my mind. But then writing biology papers told me I liked writing and researching.

Most of what is displayed here came to me through personal search, as well as courses, seminars, therapy, workshops, consciousness-raising groups. It wasn’t Kingdom, Class, Order, Family, Genus, species, although I’m sure something valuable is planted in my brain, and might, if watered, take sprout.

Okay, while deciding exactly the sort of job you want–if it doesn’t exist, create it.

And if you are looking for a more traditional job, here are the ideas set forth in Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill:

  • Forget about a “job.” Forget about if they have an opening. Forget the usual routine of “have you got a job for me? Concentrate on what you have to give.
  • Choose a company where you would like to work. Study their politics, and chances for advancement.
  • Once you have your plan in mind, write it on paper in full detail.
  • Present it to the proper person with authority. Every company is looking for people who can give something of value, whether it be ideas, services, or connections.

This will take a while, but it will pay off, and it will save you one to five years of searching for your goal.

What is your offer to the world?

As we mentioned in the last chapter, what would you love doing so much you would do it for free, but, get paid?

You don’t need a genius idea, you just need an idea, then allow it to grow, to change, and it will probably end up different from what you initially came up with.

If you have come to the end of this course and still don’t know what you want to do–go to the bathroom, you’ve had too much coffee.

Next, pull out that chocolate bar you have been hiding from yourself, and sit down under a tree.

I hope the snow has passed. If it hasn’t, go back inside, and there prop your feet up, and while savoring the chocolate, look out a window at the sky, the birds, the trees swaying their endless song of living.

Give thanks for your life, for the joy of living. thank the great Spirit for your breath, for a roof over your head, and for the opportunity to live the life you’ve always dreamed.

Then begin again.

Remember, you were born with traits no one else has.

The world needs what you have to offer.

Care to share your success story?