Out on a Limb? Are you an Original?
How about rejecting the default in us? Take a chance and get on that limb. Adam Grant, in his new book, Originals, talks about taking those chances.
Are you exploring whether there is a better option or do you default to what you know? The start is curiosity and seeing things in fresh perspectives. I know that is hard to do. The job market is requiring us to reject the default in us. Taking a role that you thought might be less than what you are skilled for might be scary, or away from the main stream but could result in new perspectives and ultimately new work. It takes being on that limb for a bit.
Many of my friends are sending their children off to college this week - I hope they seek something new for themselves, something they never expected. It might be something you never expected as well.
It is emotional letting them fly ( I have been there) and having them try something entirely new every day. What a great time to be in college or start a business or create a new solution in your work. Why can't we all do this? Go out on a limb and create a spot in your weekly staff meeting for a "go out on a limb segment." You may be surprised how refreshing and fun this is. Increase your tolerance for what some might call being idealistic or eccentric as Adam Grant reflects on this.
Our son went to Loyola Marymount University for his undergrad work and double majored in Fine Arts and Communication. We did not expect the art side of the equation and as business owners we have had brief moments of "yikes, he is out on that limb." However, it has inspired and fed his creative spirit and productivity and ours too in delightfully new ways.
Younger talent will choose to speak up, express ideas and censor themselves less. We can learn from them, take risks and be proud.