We are descendants of the creatures that picked the shiny pebbles from the river. We love to touch, experience and be part of a community. I love this example of a shiny pebble. The owner of this small shop has created an icon that is experiential, differentiates and tells a story about what you are likely to encounter in the community that he has created inside.
Winter Street Bike
I spoke with the owner a bit before I asked him if I could photograph his bike and he told me that dozens of people take pictures of it every day during the summer. Many of those people also wander in to experience his shop – to experience him and how he sees his world. So, a story extended to the street is no doubt adding value to the people that walk by and the shopkeeper that is attracting new customers.
All people have art in them. For some it’s music or painting. For others its the written word. And, for some it is the ability to see something in others or inspire. But for sure all of us have art, the ability to create something where previously there was nothing, inside of us. All we have to do is let it out.
“Factory workers” follow process. Factory workers have a schedule. Factory workers are told what to do and when to do it. This sounds a lot like what many of us do every day. The unfortunate part of this is that it takes the innovation, creativity, fun and ultimately, value creation out of our “jobs”. This is not what I want to do. Is this what you want?
It is true that we need rules and process but we also must have innovation, creativity and fun in our jobs. Without this there is no passion and without passion for what we do we can’t be great. We won’t become Our Best.
So, what to do? I encourage all of us to look for the opportunities to try new things, new ideas and new perspectivesin our “jobs”. I meet people every day that are doing extraordinary things – “ordinary” people doing extraordinary work because they choose to be special – to have passion for what they do.