Session 10 – Make Stuff That Feels Good To Make
Posted by: Ronda Devereaux | July 6, 2014 | 11:11 am
Session 10 of the Firestarter Sessions by Danielle Laporte starts out by reminding us that everyone doesn’t know what we know. There are some of us that recognize this and some of us who don’t. It is something that I need to be reminded of very frequently. She says “You leverage what you already know with what turns you on. Your insight + a passion project = hell, yes!”
So what is the business that you are in? (and yes that is a trick question) – Howard Schultz the CEO of Starbucks will tell you that he is not in the business of coffee but community. It’s about the experience that you give people when you are working that passion project. What is it that you do for people that affects their life or their work, if even for a moment? You create an experience for people -now put a few nouns and verbs to that experience.
What do you lose time learning about? What thing comes so easy to you that you think everyone knows how to do it? And – do you have a soul specialty? This is that thing so uniquely you, that is such a part of you sometimes you can’t recognize it in yourself. The thing that if someone erased it for a day, the people you know would all notice that spark of light missing from you.
Danielle also asks What’s your message? What is it that you want people to know, see, understand, “get” in life? For me it is that the answers are within – everything they need to be their most awesome, authentic selves is with them right now. No one can take it away and they can access it at anytime. Not saying it may not be painful digging down through the muck that may be covering it, but it is there….waiting.
When do you feel the most inspired? When do the most awe inspiring ideas smack you up side the head? Certain conditions are more optimal for some people’s muses than others: interaction, movement, nature, and contemplation. Find out what feeds your muse and then feed her frequently. Then listen to her. Then act. Be artful and creative about that action. Being artful is pouring your soul into it.
Passion and paychecks isn’t everyone’s winning combination. Danielle lets a lot of people off the hook with that statement. Go to a lot of the business conferences out there and they will tell you if you are not making a living with your passion then you are not making “IT”. What about that awesome secretary who spends her weekends working for at risk youth? Or that stay at home mom that is a girl scout leader? Or that accountant who makes the best damn fudge you ever tried, but gives it away to everyone she knows? It’s entirely possible to have a purely practical job and find other outlets for your most precious gifts to be exercised.
So now it is time to create some space and spend some time with your muse and the Workbook O’Fire –
WHAT BUSINESS ARE YOU REALLY IN? W O R K S H E E T
What would someone pay you $100/hour to tell/teach/inform them about?
What are you repeatedly telling/showing/explaining to your clients?
What do they want more of from you? What are they always asking for?
What do you know about? What’s your knowledge base? What do you know that other people don’t?
How does your service/offering/product make people feel? What problem does it solve, or what state does it create?
What’s your message? (Everyone has a message.)
What do you stand for?
What is the vehicle for your knowledge?
Who wants what you’ve got? (The answer to this is very rarely “everyone.” There are two ways to approach this: values + lifestyle, and “types” of people.)
Who needs what you’ve got? (Even though they many not know it yet.)