Chapter 5, Come On Baby Light My Fire

Fail fast, fail often, get those failures out of the way so that idea that sets your pants on fire will come to life.

Well, you know I don’t want you to get burned.

l want you sparkling.

You know about brainstorming. It can be with others, or by yourself. It’s an opportunity to throw ideas out without judgment, ridicule or naysayers who say that it can’t work.

If naysayers tend to be in your vicinity, don’t tell them what you’re doing. Just do it. But be sure to write down your ideas before they evaporate.

Later on, you can fine-tune.

Remember that wishes and daydreams can become a reality if we keep them constantly before us. Tap, tap, tap.

While I mention writing down ideas,, I know that people tend to gloss over that suggestion, yet that’s where the music begins.

Scientists keep lab notes, artists keep sketchbooks, and cooks write down their recipes.

We need to record our findings, impressions, successes, and failures. So, get out your notebook. (This will be fun.).

 I suggest writing by hand. Remember cursive? I hear they are not teaching it in schools anymore. I know how handy a keyboard is, but after reading that cursive increases neural activity in certain sections of the brain, similar to meditation, I’m wondering if I ought to do more composing longhand. It took me a long while to be able to compose on the keyboard. NOW I hear that writing long-hand will up one’s creativity.

According to a study performed at  The Indiana University, the mere action of writing by hand unleashes creativity not easily accessed in any other way. And it has been found that students who take notes longhand remember more of the material than those who type directly into the computer.

Have I convinced you?

Jeff Bezos said he didn’t go to Harvard, but the people who work for him do.

I’m not saying no to experience, I’m saying cut a little slack here. If you are a welder, I would expect you to know your way around a blow torch. Many other jobs can be learned quickly.

The questions are for you to answer. All the suggestions stated are only that, suggestions. I’m sure you can think of many more.

Where would you like to live?

Be specific, country, tropics, forests, mountains urban, Paris?

  • In what sort of a dwelling?

Apartment, house, log cabin, mansion, a fixer-upper in Italy, a bamboo house in Costa Rica?

If, as you are listing jobs and feel you don’t have adequate education, go to the sources. Ray Bradbury, one of the great science fiction writers of our time, self-educated himself. He began at one end of the library and read around it.

  • With whom would you like to live?
  • What is your mode of living?
    • Work at home.
    • Have an office, a shop.
  • Do you like to work with your hands?
    • Building devices?
    • Repairing machinery?
    • Building airplanes, Gypsy wagons, wild west wagons, tiny houses?
    • Bicycle repair, selling.
    • Painting?
    • Sculpting?
  • Are you drawn to artistic endeavors?
    • Writing,
    • blogging,
    • music (You could move to Hawaii and play at restaurants, pubs, resorts.)
  • Become a teacher of something
    • Music,
    • Tutoring,
    • Language
    • Go aboard and teach English
    • Become a rafting guide, a personal coach.

Look for patterns as you move through your suggestions.

In your mind’s eye, you are doing the job you want, you are feeling the joy that comes from performing that job.

Suddenly your dream feels real.

Before I began this course, I wrote in my notebook that I wanted to work with or serve people that are interested in delving into success-oriented material, on top of that I want to connect with people who are willing to stretch their beliefs and include divine influence.

Around the time of Michelangelo, many believed that it wasn’t they who did the work but the muse. “A stroke of genus,” meant that unseen forces had come to their aid, and they need not take the credit, for it came from a higher power.

I had to laugh, though, when I came upon this question: “What specific, specialized knowledge did you acquire in school?”

My quick answer was, “How to put in a zipper.”

That was from my homemaking class in high school, and here I have a BA in Biology, yet the zipper was the first thing that came to my mind. But then writing biology papers told me I liked writing and researching.

Most of what is displayed here came to me through personal search, as well as courses, seminars, therapy, workshops, consciousness-raising groups and books. It wasn’t Kingdom, Class, Order, Family, Genus, species, although I’m sure something valuable is planted in my brain, and might, if watered, take sprout.

I think, however that scientists in their effort to clasify, name, and caragorize miss the grand picture. the beauty, awe and wonder of the natural environment.

My daughter said that while she loved geology, she doesn’t care what the name of a specific rock is. She likes the grand scheme of hillsides and canyons, and noticing how the ground tilts and how we can see the strata, and how the tectonic plates crash together and push up mountains.

Okay, while deciding exactly the sort of job you want–if it doesn’t exist, create it.

Martha Beck in her book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World ,has a wonderful exercise on finding what you want to do in life. Don’t judge your responses, some will be silly, but that’s the creative process.

Here it is: it’s Martha’s creation.

Look around the room and fina a random object. First ask wha attracted you to it, Next ask how that can be applied to your business.

I looked around the room and my eyes fell on a little plastic pill bottle sitting on the bookshelf. What did I get from that? Well, It’s a container that holds a healing potient. It helps people get well, and makes them feel good.

How could I apply that to my business?

A website is a container. I want to assist in healing people (I know the body heals, but we can always use a little help from our friends.)

Try this many times. Perhaps something will click.

And if you are looking for a more traditional job, here are the ideas set forth in Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill:

  • Forget about a “job.” Forget about if they have an opening. Forget the usual routine of “have you got a job for me? Concentrate on what you have to give.
  • Choose a company where you would like to work. Study their politics, and chances for advancement.
  • Once you have your plan in mind, write it on paper in full detail.
  • Present it to the proper person with authority. Every company is looking for people who can give something of value, whether it be ideas, services, or connections.

This will take a while, but it will pay off, and it will save you one to five years of searching for your goal.

What is your offer to the world?

As we mentioned in the last chapter, what would you love doing so much you would do it for free, but, get paid?

You don’t need a genius idea, you just need an idea, then allow it to grow, to change, and it will probably end up different from what you initially came up with.

If you have come to the end of this course and still don’t know what you want to do–go to the bathroom, you’ve had too much coffee.

Now, pull out that chocolate bar you have been hiding from yourself, and sit down under a tree.

I hope the snow has passed. If it hasn’t, go back inside, and there prop your feet up, and while savoring the chocolate, look out a window at the sky, the birds, the trees swaying their endless song of living.

Give thanks for your life, and for the joy of living. Thank the Great Spirit for your breath, for a roof over your head, and for the opportunity to live the life you’ve always dreamed.

Then begin again.

Remember, you were born with traits no one else has.

The world needs what you have to offer.

Chapter 6, Wordlessness. Don’t Go There Unless You are on the Path to Becoming a Wayfinder–or you already are one.