As I said in a previous post, I am in the early stages of my career. I have so many interests and so much to learn, but not enough hours in the day to get through it all. If I want to know or master something, I want it now! But as I am finding out, the journey can be as fun, if not more so, than the destination.
Yes, it’s good to have goals and ambition, but don’t forget the stepping stones that will take you there. Some of the best times you can have in your life is learning new skills, meeting new people and watching your efforts culminate bit-by-bit to bring you the success or recognition you are working towards.
I know that I want to run my own business and in a small way, I am already (my company name is Alisah Creative). I want to write, paint, draw, film, direct, animate, design… I could go on but the ache in my chest grows with each addition. I am still learning and because I am slowly being exposed to more and more possibilities, I find myself confused. If I am interested in so many things, how do I choose just a few areas to focus on? What I do now will impact the rest of my career, which is all very well and good, but at the end of the day, I still haven’t decided on my destination.
I can’t very well go through life without a goal, because then I’ll just end up getting lost, floundering in the middle of nowhere. But by the same token, is it wise to map everything out? Will I become so focussed on one goal that I will miss opportunities elsewhere? What if I fail in my chosen venture?
There is no set answer – everyone is different. I’ve always been scatty, that’s who I am. I don’t think I could be a creative genius (self-proclaimed, admittedly) if I was well-ordered and neat. But could scatty be my undoing in my business ventures? You can’t get anywhere without a business head these days. Luckily I do have a business head, but that’s a subject for another post.
So my plan is this: I will continue to be scatty when it comes to creating; that’s a given. In learning and self-improvement, I shall grasp every opportunity that arises and seek out those which don’t; I shall soak in everything that interests me, as well as the boring bits – then, I will re-learn it from another angle. If I choose to learn things that are relevant, interesting and useful, then they will add value to me as a person as well as an entrepreneur and business woman (an employee, I shall not be). I shall be doing what I do best: creating. I will be creating a new and improved Amy Lisa Holmes.
Gradually, my knowledge, experiences and skills will shape me into the career-person I aspire to be. Change begets change: As I grow, so will my world, because I will be living my life in a style that reflects the work I am doing.
This is my recipe for my own success. Rather than deciding that I will be only an author or only an artist, I will embrace it all. I will become everything that I want to be (as long as I turn out to be good at it, of course). Naturally, with everything I do, things will click into place. I might discover a passion for something unexpected and apply all of my acquired skills to embracing that new passion.
But then again, I might turn out to be rubbish at everything and end up back working in retail. But I don’t want that, so it’s not going to happen.
- By Amy Lisa Holmes at Alisah Creative