Love what you do

May 24, 2010

We’ve all been told to pursue a career so that you end up loving what you do, yet so many of us fall short somewhere along the way. For me, following my creative interests was a no-brainer; however, my journey wasn’t an easy path.

Looking back, the only thing I did consistently was follow people smarter than myself and be willing to listen and take suggestions. That’s not to say that I don’t have some chops yo! But someone once told me that if you surround yourself with those that can mentor, challenge and inspire you to be something you can’t yet see in yourself, the day would come when you will love what you do.

Today, I still follow that same path. Sometimes I think I can’t learn enough fast enough. My obsessive behavior and thirst for knowledge have filled my creativity cup to what feels like the brim at times. I’ve found that the only way I can make room for more is by sharing my expertise and experiences with others. As long as I’m willing to accept input from others, I know I’ll continue to grow.

It is this process that allows me to say that I truly love what I do. Will I love what I do in the future? I can’t say, cause I’ve also learned not to predict too far ahead of myself, unless I’m measuring your brand and you’re paying me to do so. Hehe. Sorry I couldn’t help that. Seriously, to “love what you do” you have to humble yourself and explore what’s going on today. Believe me, there’s enough of it to keep us all busy.

So what am I doing that I love so much? Take a look around this blog site and you’ll see that I enjoy being a Designer, Art Director and Creative Director. Although, one thing you won’t find here, and is a major contribution to my happiness, is teaching students and leading faculty at a local art college see their potential for creative value. I’ve found that I enjoy giving back so much that I now dedicate a lot of my time as the Graphic Design Program Director and Sr. Faculty Coordinator at Nossi College of Art.

This school’s vision for arming art students to be not only successful but valuable in the industry will not doubt help them to love what they do. If I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t be there.

I encourage everyone to continue seeking out what makes them happy. When you find it, don’t forget to feed it everyday. It will grow into something you can’t imagine and you’ll find yourself saying, “I love what I do”.

People are cool.

March 24, 2010

From my last post, “Connecting socially with purpose”, you found out that I’m a social person – social in the sense that I enjoy meeting people, not out partying till dawn (although I’ve done that too). I frequent events and find ways to get out and talk to real human beings. It’s good for my soul and I appreciate listening to others and what’s going on in their world, especially in advertising and marketing. I just want to share about the cool people I’ve been meeting lately.

Wow, in just a few short weeks I’ve met students, designers, directors, CEOs, VPs Marketing Gurus, Teachers and just people curious to know what I’ve been up to since I left redpepper. I’ve traveled to Virginia Beach, New York, Alabama and others judging ADDY shows and meeting AdMen –and women. It’s truly been the Bruce Tour. I kinda feel like the little dude in Fraggle Rock who wrote home about this wonderful place called Planet Earth.

So what have I found? People are cool. They may not all believe in the same things I do or enjoy the same food I enjoy, but I benefit something from everyone I meet. Hopefully they benefit from me as well. In the end…wait there isn’t an end. No matter what I’m doing, I’m always figuring out how to interact with more people. Here’s why:

1. I will always find ways to infuse my life with perspective.
2. Believing in something other than myself requires a humility to understanding new things – letting go of an ego.
3. There is always someone out there better than me, hell, there’s tons. Ok, I do have some talent yo.
4. Exploring new things and experimenting with different philosophies gained by others is a good thing.
5. The only way I’m going to stay fresh and current with todays world is to engage with it.
6. I’m always on the market for mentors. Get your own.
7. Life is short, live it. Getting out of my shell allows for growth and a new scale of understanding the potential for that growth.
8. Meeting new people and places keeps me grounded in my world and focused on my priorities, not problems.
9. It’s about connection right? I mean especially if you are in advertising, you can’t even start to build insights to how to communicate with folks if you don’t know what they’re doing. And no, you can’t just do that online.
10. Tell me what you would put here __________________________.

Each day when I take this approach I learn at least one new thing – maybe I should write these down, geez.

Ok, I wanted to do this more exponentially so I started a little twitter game I call “float place Thursdays”. I take a pic of the place I’m working at for the day and you have to guess where. Here’s how it goes:

“Float place” is my roaming office everyday – I just can’t stay in the house people. Anyway, every Thursday I will take a photo and tweet it to see if you can guess where I’m at. I give the city where I am floating and maybe a few clues. Sometimes I post more that one photo. The first follower who guesses my location wins a gift card to that place. Here’s the catch, you have to meet me to get it – usually at the float place you guessed.

It’s a cool way for me to get to know my followers. Now I get the whole Tweetups thing. It’s funny when I’m meeting these followers for the first time, I’m trying to remember all the tweets that person has made to match them to their face.

This post is about what it takes to be, well, a human being. Cause understanding how to be one takes interacting with other humans. We are social creatures are we not? So if you happen to see me walking down the street in Nashville, TN or in your city. Stop me, let’s get coffee, I promise I’ll listen more than talk – unless you want me to do all the talking – I can do that all day long yo.