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Feeling Like An Imposter Too?

I will be trying to write an article a day for the whole of easter. Hope you will enjoy it as much as me.  I am writing from my atelier terrace in great weather today. There’s a ton of stuff that needs to happen in my garden riot. We need to paint the atelier, fix the lawn, and the terrace. But, above all, I want these days off to be like a writing retreat for me – getting to the core of my writing on henrietteweber.com.

It’s so weird that during this Corona Virus isolation, it seems like everything is fucked up outside of the garden and in here everything is sunshine, grounding as well as birds chirping away. Occasionally the cat comes to visit on the little porch I have in the front.

Sometimes even though this is my little personal messy empire, I feel like an imposter. I do that as well here on the blog. Are they still around – meaning the cool cats that used to listen? Do they still want to hear what I say?

My imposter syndrome is something I have been carrying around for a long time, since childhood. And no matter how accomplished or how fucked up I look from the outside, it’s there as a part of me. It’s telling me that I am fucking things up and I should not keep pursuing new ventures or new ideas. It doesn’t begin when I start things ( I am a very good starter), but it’s something that sneaks up on me after a while. “What are you doing?”.”Are you going to go out of our comfort zone again babe?”.”That totally isn’t good enough.”. “Who would want to read THAT?”.

And then after a while, the voice gets calmer, especially if I carry on doing what is that I have never tried before. Especially if I put ‘the new project’ into well-known structures and tools that I have already worked on and through several times.

In my opinion, though, the imposter could also be seen as a friend instead of a necessary evil of putting yourself out there and being exposed. It has since childhood been my biggest driver, ‘proving’ it wrong. I am not an imposter, I belong here. My words are important and so are my ideas and my projects. I hope you occasionally feel like that too. Even though I think the whole population on planet earth feels like imposters sometimes.

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Business Conferences

Have digital finally arrived at the correct action-packed plateau ?

I was so lucky that I got to attend the conference last week in Malmø. It was a great conference touching on all the different digital subjects and trends that’s currently happening. And it was So good! just the type of conference that I have been missing for a while. It felt very 2005-07 to me, before digital became a huge industry and everybody and their dog was doing something and made a ton of money.  Sadly – a lot of the digital conferences I have been attending have been more about startups and venture capitalists.  I had truely missed a conference where the ideas was the primary purpose and not launching in a new country/feature on stage. A conference where the speakers where accessible and everybody seemed like a part of the crowd! So thank you The Conference.

The motivation from the speakers was also different. –  All the talks I attended emphasized action in some way. From the incredibly cool beginning keynote from Ben Hammersley:

To the talks around local action, the education system, infrastructure in companies and so on. Digital is so übercool, and if we decide to use it for something purposeful it’s even cooler.

Overall I can’t stop being surprised by the creativity of these digital conferences – especially the conference, where they tap into something old to generate something new –  Reusing things that are old and cool to create newness. I mean all the crew was dressed in  outfits and hats that looked like they where taken out of Mary Poppins.

(pic by Heidi Harman)

I’m happy that the digital thought leaders they are now urging people to shift into action and start saving the world one day at the time.

Thank you for being the cool idea-filled geeky kid in the classroom of conferences! Thumbs up from here=)

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talking to yourself as an idea generator

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No I have not gone mental! – But I have a couple of goals I need to achieve in 2009 – on a personal and a professional level. All in all these goals boils down to a couple of words:

– Weightloss

– Focus

– Proactivity

– Unclutter

– Henriette-ness

– No Bullshit

I am very proud to announce that for the last 3 days I have met my goal of a regular exercise of minimum 30 minutes a day and a 20 min meditation every morning, as a part of the new year and the new me (only 18 days to go before it becomes a habit). I don’t know if it’s the meditation or the exercise but I feel better in a lot of ways.

Especially because the thing that I do, both when I am running (as I love to do for exercise) and i am meditating is talking to myself. When I meditate I subconsciously ask myself questions and answer them. When I come back from a run then the first thing I do is to grab the computer and fill the ideas into my management tools. So I hope that I can make both running and meditation a constant part of my life.

It really brings you focus. And I am happy to see that some of my goals goes hand in hand.

btw – you will hear a lot more about my goals in here because I want to keep ya’ll updated. Not for your sake, but to make myself stick to them =)

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Creativity

from Z to A in ACTION! an essay on making ideas and dreams come true

I have used a part of my summer holiday to write this essay on action. I have researched on, what it takes to get from a-z in action or as I have called it “from Z(ero) to A(ction) in ACTION!”.
-defining some of the main steps necessary to generate ideas and putting them to work.

For a very long time, I have been thinking about working my way through the process of idea creation to creativity and finally to action. In my world, it’s a petty when a good idea goes to waste without getting to test a part of the actual idea out.

Now for a definition of action “ as my good friend J.C. Fischer and I came up with for a 6-word story  “babysteps will get you there too”.

In this case, it means that small actions inside yourself will lead to larger actions externally if the larger actions feel right. So the scalability of actions is really important.
If we take the word ”act” it means that you are doing something about a given idea. That ‘something’ could be anything from reflection on the idea, to bringing it to life by making it happen

So how do you generate ideas?

Ideas have a touch of magic and dreams.

An idea to me is a magical feeling that you get when you think about something new. A good idea to a person, is an idea that you decide, you would like to act upon – because you think it’s a good idea. Still, most of the good ideas stays at the good idea stage (and never makes it to action). So how do you spur your idea into action?

Creativity is interaction

Creativity is a constant steppingstone in the action process -not just a tool to spur ideas into action. You need creativity to generate ideas. In the words of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: “creativity is interaction”

Most important to me is the interactions between the people you see, the culture you live in and your own creative vibe.

How can you create a better creative vibe within yourself?

I have made a creativity 100 list a while back which is a 100 point list to get more creative.

My favorites from that list are :

– Creativity means creative choices of inclusion and exclusion (Robert Mckee)
– Creative action speaks louder than creative words
– Be a firestarter a twisted firestarter
– Eliminate the word ‘against’ in your mind. Don’t be against smoking or against war be FOR health and FOR peace.

Let’s say you’ve got the idea now, and you’ve got that creative vibe going what’s next?

You still have quite a way to go to get to action. All steps are small actions themselves but the place we want to get at is where people can see you are making something instead of just talking about the idea.

Talk and listen… ( trust me, you need your community =)

So when you have the idea and you are flowing with it,  start talking and introducing it to various people to get feedback. Don’t think about action just yet – just listen to what people are telling you about creativity

Listening is just as important as talking in action-hunting.

When people are saying the same over and over again and marking out the same assets and faults of your idea it’s time to add a little action to the idea.

An idea description

Change the thing about the idea that people say ( and you feel) is broken, and use the assets to make an idea description you’re probably going to change the idea description a thousand times during the idea stage but that’s quite okay.
Things I normally put into my idea descriptions are :
– what’s the point of this idea?
– Why is it going to save a tiny part of the world
– How can I make people like it?
– Who will like it the most (aka. Who is the primary target group)
– What is stopping you from going into action?
– What are the next steps to be taken?

Review and rewrite the description every time you idea get stuck and is more likely to go down the drain than to action =)

Remarkability ( be different)

For this to work you don’t have to think in ways that other people haven’t done before. But you have to be damn good at creative puzzles. Creative puzzles are the way you mix and match tendencies, functioning ideas, money-earning ideas into your own. Take your inspiration from places you had no intention of going.

So when you think of being remarkable you don’t really have to go all the way and reinvent the deep dish again. You can settle for a creative puzzle, which is just as unique. Remarkability can also be a unique way of putting together puzzles.

Turn everything …

Ask questions upside down, inside out.

How would a teapot see your livingroom? What would a cat do in a given situation

Find the coolest people as muses and ask yourself questions like “how would Elvis Presley write this book” or “how would the queen of Saba sing “anarchy in the U.K”- quite amusing and a grand way to put yourself in new shoes.

This essay is not ending.

I will continously add to it. But this is all I’ve got for now, from my balcony in surburbia Denmark =)

creative sources for this post:

Hugh macleod : “how to be creative”

James Wood Young: ” technique for getting ideas”

crossposted on tensoriana.org and toothlesstiger.net

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Creativity

Share my enthusiasm for creativity?

A part of me is extremely creative and actionable. It’s almost like a lot of my ideas come from a huge enthusiasm for creativity that triggers creativity that again generates more enthusiasm. How awesome is that?

Some days I would even say that I am inside my enthusiasm for creativity “bubble” for hours on end. Getting the details right, let myself go “all in” in writing or art project and just exist in a place where there’s room for me and my ideas and not that much else. I think some define it as “flow”.

Flow is important because it makes us create good shit. Epic shit sometimes even. You have to schedule time to flow in your workday, where you can just go with it and create something deeper, or as Stephen Covey writes in his “7 Habits of highly effective people” – you have to focus on the “important not urgent”. I think it’s  the things that you are most passionate about that you end up defining as “important”. Important means flow and creativity and enthusiasm. So it’s all a great inspiring “cycles” to work in.

Do you agree? Do you share my enthusiasm for creativity?