You’re in a Museum
May 18, 2010 6 Comments
Look around you – what do you see? The businesses, the tools, the structures, the systems, the products, the solutions….we see all this and we think, “this is what is.”
But, in fact, what is exists because of what was. All of these things were created to address past problems, prior issues, old needs.
In fact, when you look turn and gaze at all that surrounds you, what you see is not some fixed series of boundaries set in stone – not unless you let it be so. What you see are the best attempts to deal with the past.
Of course, many structures are put in place to address enduring needs, and cannot be cast overboard entirely as so much ballast. But even those often need improvement or adjustment.
You don’t have to fit into other people’s corporate structures, expected roles, and hand-me-down expectations. You may choose to, for a season – but why decide to set down your roots within those walls when you can invest in present and future needs?
Yes, it’s comfortable to conform to a niche that was built by someone else, for some other reason, at some other time.
But museums are dusty places that seek to preserve the past. Here are several questions – think of them as new contact lenses – to get you thinking in different directions:
- 1. What is actually not working?
- 2. What is missing and should be created?
- 3. How could this be better?
- 4. What new connections can be made?
- 5. What do I want to leave behind as a legacy?
- 6. How can ideal become real?
- 7. What would I REALLY want to make happen if there were no limits?
- 8. Why? And, while we’re at it – why not?
In other words – question the status quo. You don’t exist to support it, and certainly your purpose isn’t merely to perpetuate it. Learn from the past, keep what is sound – but beyond the front door of the museum is where your creative juices will flow. Relics are inside. Opportunities are outside.
Things are the way they are for a reason, but some of those reasons are bad, some are in need of adjustment, and some are well past their expiration date. Just because you grew up with video rental stores on every other street corner, doesn’t mean you should be buying into a franchise peddling VCR tapes.
It’s much scarier fun plowing in new fields, and much more rewarding making the pie bigger!
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