I was given this book by a friend after a conversation that included two loosely connected facts about me:
Point number 1 has developed through my work with a coach over the past year. I recognized that my thinking - and by extension my leadership - is sometimes less creative and flexible than I'd like. This recognition came out of some other conversations about my imagination or lack thereof, and some failed attempts at creative writing. I therefore resolved to try to engage the creative side of my brain through other writing - in other words, blogging. And thus was this blog born, or more accurately resurrected in its current form here.
Point number 2 has always been a characteristic of me. Despite the fact that I truly love to read, I am very slow, requiring several days of vacation - where hours are devoted to reading without distraction - to get through a novel or book of barely 300 pages. And so another future resolution: to learn to read faster.
Which brings me back to the topic of this post: the book Ignore Everybody. It perfectly addresses both of my challenges. The book describes 40 keys to creativity (point number 1) in very short chapters with illustrations (point number 2). I've now read the book twice, the second time with post-it notes to flag my favourite keys, some of which were familiar to me, already being a part of my beliefs, and others which were revelatory. The best ones to me included:
The book is not for everyone. The abrupt style of writing and direction (and the occasional profanity) will be off-putting to some. And the book focuses a lot on writing/drawing with the outcome of being published as the main experience. But those characteristics are in keeping with the very keys the author is getting at - being himself, working hard, and taking advantage of successes and opportunities. I recommend this read to folks already doing something in the creative realm, and also to others looking for keys to getting started.
Who is Robyn?
My career as a research project manager is rewarding, dynamic, challenging, and fun. I'm looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience in communication, organization, and common sense approaches in research management and leadership, and to enabling others to learn and grow in this exciting career.