Building for Myself?
My business and creative sides are fairly balanced today, but this wasn’t always the case.
Fresh out of school, with too little professional experience, I talked my way into some roles of high responsibility. I’m grateful for these adventures. They made me scrappy, however looking back I cringe. My mistakes were during that period were all too plentiful. I learned from them, but only to make the mistake of thinking that I was really smart again (again and again).
This happened because I was too influenced by my own creative aspirations. I fell into the trap of building for myself, and for other creatives. My instinct told me that the more interesting I made the product/project, the better the company would do. That was not always the case, however. While it’s great to be creative, without a strong business impact in mind, I missed the opportunity to make a larger and more productive impact.
As the years past, and I worked on honing my business/strategy sides, two surprising things happened; #1 I became a better creative because I was thinking strategically. #2 I started remembering that I'll never know everything, but can become one of the best at finding the people who have the answers I need.
So, what's the point of me writing this? Not much, but if you're a really young creative who thinks they're really smart, contact me. I'll explain why you aren't and eventually you'll wish you listened.
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Simple, Smart & Sometimes Strange ProductsSmart LightsThis would let me know just how long I have to text and check emails.Dog UmbrellasI have to get a dog now, just so I can be "that owner".The Banana Herobecause my bag also serves as a banana masher.Anti-Theft Lunch Bagsfor my friend at Harvard Business School who keeps getting her food stolen from the dorm fridge.The Cesar Millan Muzzlebecause I'd like to fool strangers about my imaginary furry friend's temperament.Universal Wrapping Paperbecause I like buying in bulk, and personalization with minimal effort.Balight Bike Tire Lights
This isn't half as annoying as getting hit by a car in the dark, so shut up. Plus, I feel epileptic when passing by you, fellow bikers, with strobe head lights. No, I'm not getting these on my tires, but think you should.Couples' Vibrating Alarm ClockI'd never bother to use this one, but it's clever.Flat Extension CordsWhy is there any other kind?Kinetic Energy GeneratorHandlebar Smartphone Bicycle MountiPhone Charging HolderCouch Tray Tablebecause I don't have a dinning room table. And let's be honest, even if I did I probably wouldn't use it.Attachable Utensil Holderbecause I burn wooden spoons, and burn myself on metal ones.Chopping Board/ColanderSpectorbecause I like know what I like.