I’ve just been tagged in a meme – I must be part of the blogosphere now. Rod, who is part of the Hero A Day blog, has asked me to write about the little secrets that have made me successful. Successful is a pretty subjective term, but I’ll bite.
I’ve always had the most success when I was working well with someone else. My best ideas come from a bouncing process with at least one other person. There’s nothing like getting excited with someone else about an idea or a success. Camp trading cards came from an excited, spiraling conversation at staff retreat. The resolve to start the Hero Workshop came from fantasizing about it with friends.
Pride in Others
Having genuine pride in the work other people were doing helped with my success at camp. If you’re in charge of a lot of people, the best thing you can do to be successful is to be happy when they’re successful. I’ve watched and enjoyed people making the arts & crafts program into something completely new. I’ve watched as people turned “water carrier” into one of the most desirable jobs. I’ve watched people create amazing stories and events. I’ve watched new counselors come into camp and blossom beyond what as expected in the first interview. I’ve watched and I’ve been proud.
Not Following the Crowd
I’ve never been a fan of trying to mimic someone else’s success. If what I’m doing or creating is not coming from inside me, it’s not going to be as exciting for me and thus it won’t be as good. I don’t want to copy what someone else is doing just because they’ve been successful. They were probably successful because their project came from within them. They weren’t copying. I think that’s a big reason our camp was so hard for other camp people to come into. It was completely different to what they were used to. It’s also why I’m not worried about someone else trying to use The Hero Workshop – it isn’t coming from within them so it can’t be as good.
Being Funny (And Trying to Be)
Without humour I wouldn’t have the collaborative conversations. I wouldn’t have the relationships with the people who were working for me and thus wouldn’t be proud of them. And without humour I would be worried about failing.
Now, as with any meme I am supposed to pass this on with a link or five. I may be aiming too high to get responses from some, but it’s worth a shot.
George Brymer – Vital Integrities
Neil Gaiman – Neil Gaiman
Whitney Johnson – Dare To Dream
Gretchen Rubin – The Happiness Project
Pamela Slim – Escape from Cubicle Nation