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Thursday, November 03, 2005



Last night I watched a great movie called Schultze Gets the Blues. To me this film showed very clearly how comfortable we can get in life until all of a sudden, something changes. When Schultze gets laid off from the mine, his routine is shattered; this creates space for new ideas to come in. The story is beautifully told with very few words. It's slow, requiring time to unfold. And it shows how intentions are supported in unexpected ways.

As an intense, driven, ambitious gifted adult, one of my most difficult lessons has been learning to let go and allow things to happen in their own way. Accepting help along the way, and creating space for things to show up, is part of this surrender. I am used to applying my energy and will to get where I want to go. This independence was a way to protect myself as a child with little control of my circumstances. As an adult, I am able to reach out to people and receive assistance as well as give it.

Starting a business is the most challenging and creative experience of my life so far. When I get into the flow of it, it's nothing but joy, and I'm constantly surprised and delighted at the positive energy that I receive. Peace out.

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...and this is where it is most excellent to have the enhanced brain box! There is nothing more wonderful and no group of people more suited to innovation and self-employment than the gifted.

When I worked "for the man", I was always looking at the clock, dreading going to work and thinking about when I could leave and what I could do when I left. When I performed the same job with myself as CEO, surprise..I wasn't looking at the clock anymore. Work was fun, challenging and interesting. Suddenly, there was a reason for doing what I was doing and even more reason to explore ways to do it even better. I was never happier or more fulfilled.

I remember my own surprise when I discussed this topic with my father (another gifted in the closet)almost 20 years ago. He revealed that he too had despised working for other people. He built several successful businesses in his lifetime, each one completely different than the next.

It's all part and parcel of that gifted drive to focus in on a speciality and master it completely. While that can be annoying if, for example, someone wants to know everything about The A-Team, it's just the ticket for independent business.
I have Schultze in my Netflix queue, and just moved it up to the top. And just finished watching the most beautiful and thought-provoking film I've seen in a long time--Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring. Korean, with very little dialogue. Buddhist in theme. Perhaps another antidote for drivenness.
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