The Future of Happy Employment
One of my favorite people in the entire world, and whom even though I've spent so little amount of time with, Tim, somehow inspires me to be inspired. It's almost like someone walks up to me with a random variable and says, "this is X" - open it and enjoy it. And at the same time I don't care what X is but I know I'm excited about it.
Well not only has Tim moved back to town, he has moved back with initiative apparently. He has been reaching out with emails circling around the scenario of combined skills to achieve personal goals as a group. Huh? Yeah. What? Yep...
It has taken me up until now to address these things but as I have started to uncover his messages I have come to two conclusions:
1) I want in.
2) Tim's writing is amazing.
He has asked me, and some other close friends with various skills, to jot down a "skills bank" so that he can pollinate or help us to visualize our own strengths to achieve goals (goals by whom is sort of a question I have...)
What are my skills:
1. I'm tenaciously good at a given task.
1a. This could include moving boxes from A to B, sorting through mindless files to alphabetize etc... Any mindless task is somehow cathartic to me at the end of the day.
2. I love organizing efforts into individual tasks. Sometimes I have a difficult time asserting myself into the role of leader but when assigned the task of captain or leader I tend to take the lead well.
3. Technical proficiency with most features concerning online development, structure, and support.
4. Memorization. More than likely with any piece of medium I can memorize not only the concept but the individual components down to words, delivery, and nuances.
5. Sacrifice for the greater good. Some people may differ from this opinion but I usually have no need to place myself before other people in terms of importance and will often go through any inconvenience to help someone else out. What most people see as an inconvenience I see as something that is so easy to give up (time, money, effort) that doing it is the only real choice.
I'm sure that these are not the individual tasks that he was looking for - and if anyone out there knows a task about me that they think I'm good at... let me know.
The main reasons that this excites me are multiple folds:
1. Even with my new job and it's obvious monetary benefits there is still and always will be a ladder to climb. You can never make enough in the corporate world and unfortunately your value is often defined by your check. This makes it a spiral of disappointment that is not matched by effort or reward in the long run.
2. Despite my efforts and accomplishments at being involved in the Mt Vernon community through service to fellow man, websites for local artist and small business, and even just being around the new population explosion of the musical and art scene, I have found that these are also not fully fulfilling in the end. I liken it to working in the pit crew of the race car driver winning the race, or being the sound engineer on a great CD.
3. I feel as though I still have a lot to give to the world and the world doesn't necessarily supply you with the tools in order to give your gifts effectively. I feel like a group of powerful, smart, motivated people can achieve goals, and achieve them with personal flair and fulfillment. Mobilization of efforts is difficult in any arena. Whether it be the starving artist that fails 98% of the time, the small business that achieves no clientele outside of immediate associations, or the corporate employee who is mired in lack of self-worth as a cog to turn a wheel. The last is the scary piece that applies to myself, and it awakens me to the fact that if we were totally honest with ourselves we would comply to the fact that we maybe give a small percentage of our true self to tasks that we surround ourselves with every day. And even scarier than that is that these are tasks that we fail to ever really choose, and in all likelihood are tasks that are feeding someone else's dream. It is a dog eat dog world in every aspect. Since I still feel like I have tools to share and have even tried to and in some cases shared them, I am therefore motivated to keep trying. But when does the spiral of banality stop when it comes to wasted efforts? When does the grain of sand that screams at the imposing wave finally just move further down the beach or incline itself to join more pieces of sand to create a rock or a beachhead that the wave can no longer move?
Check these out if you want to know a small piece of what he is intohttp://www.timboucher.com/journal/2007/09/17/creating-a-skills-bank/http://www.timboucher.com/journal/2007/09/17/what-is-a-shared-value-community/http://www.perfectlydescriptive.com/http://www.timboucher.com/journal/2007/09/13/perceptual-blip-tracking-social-pingback-management/
...and hopefully one day we can all join each other's teams to create something together. His list included me...one day my list may include you. Hopefully you will feel the same way about your invitation to join something or discover something that I did when I read my emails.