A catalyst… a person whose talk, enthusiasm, or energy causes others to be more friendly, enthusiastic, or energetic. I love it! Another way to look at it is a person or thing that precipitates an event or change. There are catalysts all around us – those that kick off a reaction just like reactions we studied in Chemistry 101.
Steve Jobs said in the Stanford University commencement address of 2005: Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
What do you need to change to boost your creativity? What is YOUR catalyst?
Mine is finding a solution to a problem within my industry. I love writing seminars and courses to help those in my industry (auctioneering) to assist their clients and customers. I see a problem, or potential problem, and do my best to come up with solutions. THAT boosts my creativity.
Find your catalyst… find something that changes your situation. Find something that changes your outlook. Find something that changes your life and those around you!
Blogging is a catalyst for me. My writing dried up. Making myself put words on the screen is a lot easier for me now – I actually look forward to finding new topics to write about!
A little more from the Jobs Stanford University commencement speech: The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.
Abso-freakin-lutely. Never settle!