I was doing what I do, which is to read all kinds of inspiring educational stuff, filling my head full of ideas and possibilities, when I realized that what I just read inspired me to stop reading. At least for a little bit. I was reading a blog post entitled “Creativity and Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned By My 40th Birthday” by Joanna Penn on her blog at www.thecreativepenn.com, which reveals the most important things she has learned on her journey out of a miserable job into doing something she loves with her life. The story details her journey of leaving a corporate IT consulting job, in which she was incredibly miserable, and creating a career that she was excited about. I, of course, immediately identified with her, having had my own long, miserable career in the corporate IT field while desperately wanting to create my own fulfilling career.
This is not to say that all people in the corporate IT world are miserable. Misery only ensues when the job and the employee are not a good fit. I was not. Apparently she was not either. She was describing her re-invention as an “authorpreneur”, an entrepreneur who makes a living writing. I identified even more, because this is what I want to do. However, I am still navigating that gap between leaving the old world and landing at the shores of the new world. The glorious day came when I permanently exited the corporate IT world, but I am apparently still sorting out, “Now what?”
The desire to create a viable venture just won’t quite leave me alone. I can’t shake the desire to invent myself as an entrepreneur, even though I am in the enviable position of it being by choice and not financial necessity. As much as I endlessly and exuberantly appreciate the fact that I don’t have to work, I still want to create a successful venture with my own talents and efforts.
What Joanna Penn wrote in that post smacked me right between the eyes. She was laying out a bullet-point list of the lessons she learned that propelled her to success. First point, take 100% responsibility for your life, which she first heard from Jack Canfield in his book, “The Success Principles”, its 10th anniversary edition released in January of 2015. I was already on board with this. I totally agree that I create my own reality. Point number two is the one that jerked me to attention. “Balance consumption with creation.”
That is it! That’s exactly why I haven’t moved forward. I keep reading and reading, learning and searching, planning and scheming, seeking more inspiration, getting ready to get ready, endless studying, following rabbit trails and shiny objects, but NO ACTUAL CREATING. If an entrepreneur does not create something, build something, offer a service, create value, create SOMETHING, then, well, they just really aren’t an entrepreneur.
There were several points to follow, but point number two was so compelling that I stopped reading and started writing. I responded to that call to action, and these words have been written. I have created. I have written, conjured, captured, crafted and, heck, even spell-checked. I have nudged the balance between my own consumption and creation ever so slightly more to the side of creation. I feel much appreciation to Joanna Penn of www.thecreativepenn.com for balancing her consumption and creativity and, in the process, inspiring me to more of my own balance.