“The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous.” –Margot Fonteyn
Digging further into the idea of productivity and what supports or impedes its growth, we might turn our eyes toward the guard tower.
But not the guard tower outside as much as the one inside.
Growing up in a western-industrial mindset, with the inherent need to have some kind of product to show in exchange for every ounce of time and effort, for many of us the internal stopwatch-keeper looms bigger than any outside entity.
It’s not like we want to end up without “something to show for it”…and yet the overall, internal pressure can very often most result in anxiety, stress, and an overall unattractive disposition. (Well, it may be “attractive”, as all dispositions are, but not attracting what we want.)
Creativity in our work and life, be it in the artistic/great idea sense or even the magnetizing-of-good-stuff-coming-to-us sense, doesn’t thrive too well in a tight and unforgiving environment.
I recently heard someone say that, as humans, we are often either 1) on our own side or 2) on our own case.
Maybe we could all use a little dropping the guard to keep it light and playful?
Choose: on your own side, or on your own case.
“Life’s better when it’s fun. Boy, that’s deep, isn’t it?” –Kevin Costner
DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for BeyondB-School.com and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.
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