Friday, 29 January 2010

Make Your Money Creatively


“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” 
Edward de Bono

One of the major factors in feeling great about your life is to have work that is satisfying and worthwhile, not, as many misconceive, to simply have a good salary; a good salary is not the be all and end all. The bubble of consumerism in which we are stuck tells us we need a lot more than we actually do. In reality, we can live on far less than we think. We can’t, however, live amazingly unless we feel inspired and rewarded through our everyday efforts.

We all need to make a little money to survive, sure we do; money helps further enrich our lives in exchange for our talents, but the obvious ways of making money are not always the most appealing. The 9-5 office job might pay well, but are we willing to sacrifice our sense of amazing for a steady pay cheque? If we want a sustainable feeling of contentment from our work (and really from our lives, as work takes up so much of our life) we need to be working creatively.

Though it may not be something you’ve considered, satisfying work comes down largely to our own sense of our output of creativity; whether it’s being an all out artist, being self-employed, leading a small team, or simply having ideas with some weight, we all run on the basic desire to have some impact, to have our voice and opinions heard and acted upon.

I won’t tell you it’s the easy route, because you already know it’s not, but if you can strive to make your money creatively, rather than simply strive to make money, your sense of purpose and fulfilment sky rockets, and life, for you, becomes ever more amazing.

Summary:

♥ An amazing life needs work that is stimulating, not merely well paid
♥ Stimulation in our careers comes down to our creative output
♥ It might not be easy, but it can make your life amazing almost single-handedly

Homework:

♥ Have a creative career plan.

It is when we lose our truest sense of aspiration and ambition that we meet the horrors of quarter life and mid-life crisis. Aspiration has long been associated with naivety, but I don’t think this is the case. Nothing was ever accomplished without there first existing someone’s dream to make it so. Do you want to accomplish things? Then you simply have to dream.

Today I want you to focus on constructing a creative career plan, whether you’re in a job you could improve with creativity, stuck in a bad one and need an avenue out, or a student who has yet to set foot on the ladder, a structured career plan can put you on track.

I know this won’t be the most appealing thing to all of you, but at its heart is responsibility and passion for the direction your life will take, which is what all of M.Y.L.A has been about, so give it a shot. Mark points from one to twelve in your journal, one being where you stand now in your career, and ten being where you want to be in five years.

With the ten middle points, mark two things you could do each year to creatively impact your career. They can be obvious, like taking an evening course to gain an appropriate qualification, or networking with the right people; or they can be less obvious, like save enough to take the plunge into being self-employed, apply for an arts grant, spend some time living in another country perhaps learning the language, or investing in a piece of equipment that will drive you forward, like a Digital SLR camera, a sewing machine, or a computer programme. Push yourself to come up with ten even if it’s hard.

Order them appropriately and you will have the bones of your creative career plan. If it appeals to you to do so, then elaborate on it, but if you simply hate this kind of thing then just commit to following the steps you have.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love this, but my problem right now is more knowing what I want in life. I just can't decide between majoring in law or liberal arts. A question to all those who have already made a decision: How and when did you know that your subject is right for you? And those who study liberal arts and don't want to be teachers: Are you afraid of not getting a real job after graduation? I would be really grateful for some answers. Thanks in advance,
Love, Lily

Megan said...

Lily - Hmm... It's a tough one. Really, I think it comes down to following your bliss. You have to do what makes you happiest, engages and entertains you the most. My sister wanted to work with kids when she left school but the low pay scared her and she opted for an IT course. Inevitably, she failed at the IT because she didn't enjoy it, and spent the next few years unsure what to do. Eventually, she decided to do a foundation degree in Early Child Studies and she's now doing well - think of all those years waisted because she didn't follow her heart!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

this is definitely a cool post (and a beautiful picture). i feel lucky to do something that i love right now!

Miss Deb of Sock Monkey Headquarters said...

Thank you so much for this post, love. It is perfectly timed for where I am in life at the moment. It gives me much needed courage after a month of job-hunting that's left me underwhelmed and exhausted. I know I've got to have a good plan of what I want and everything will begin to make sense and fall into place when the time is right. :)

juliannelefay said...

I've been following this post series but never commented before because I started it on the 15th (if I remember rightly) and have been doing more than one per day to catch up. I felt like I was close enough to comment on this - thank you so much! I've just realised that a lot of the dithering about I've been doing, umming and ahhing, saying I didn't know what I wanted to do for my career, was because well, I did, I just didn't think I can do it. I lost the faith! I stopped believing! And now it's back! So simple, it now seems silly. Thank you again for this series, it's been lovely and I've done them all (well, except the 30th's, but I'm about to).

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your advice, Megan! <3 I guess I'll just stick to what enthuses me most. Maybe something good will come out of it. =)
Love, Lily

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