Recently I met a lady whose daughter was four and wanted to be an artist. The mom joked around and told us all, how she thought it was a hobby and engineering was the way to go. At four. I forced myself not to wince. Everyone likes to minimize their risks in life and at work. In my 20s, ‘follow your heart’ is an oft repeated advice from a few friends. It is a nice thing to say and sounds much cooler compared to the more common- “get a job and settle down” or “find a job to secure your future” or worse still “you need to get married now”. As you can guess it, most people end up joining the bandwagon and doing regular tasks without so much as following their hearts. So as a creative storyteller, how do I inspire myself to follow my heart especially at work?
In many ways, I feel narcissistically proud of myself at times. I may still need to reach exceptional levels of success, but I do make a living doing something I enjoy doing. What keeps me inspired? To be honest, I channelize the negative emotions to make me work harder. Fear of failure can help you work great lengths to do all you can to avoid it. Here are three things that I have feared all my life that have in turn inspired me to follow my heart at work!
“Only Boring People Get Bored”- Betty Draper, Mad Men