This is a guest post by Tamaryn Tobian, founder of Spectacle Creative Media in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can follow her tweets on Twitter. If you want to guest post on my blog, please, check out the guidelines here.
In the last nine months or so, I’ve learned more things and experienced more life changes than I had pimples during puberty. That’s what following your gut and jumping into risk with both feet does. Why so many life changes? I started my own business – a creative communications company.
In truth, it seemed like a crazy idea. In this economy? Especially when I started to count how many other little creative agencies and studios there are in my city. There’s a lot of them. But, I did it anyway.
Do you ever wonder why so many people use social media? Doesn’t it just blow your mind when you think of the millions of people and businesses on these networks?
I wish I had all the answers for you, but I don’t. Sorry. However, what I do have is a thought-provoking idea on why so many people are using it.
You know what I love about video games? They have a reset button. It doesn’t matter where you’re at in the game, or what you’ve done, all you have to do push that little button on the controller and whalla! The game resets and you are off to a whole new start. Now how cool is that?
I’m not a big gamer or anything, but I do love Super Mario Brothers. A few years ago when one of the new versions came out, I literally sat there and played until I beat the whole game. I had blisters on my hands, and my eyes were bulging out of my head!
Have you ever played with clay before? I am sure you have, we all have. What was it like for you?
For most people, playing with clay is at first a disaster. Clay is flying all over the place, nothing is taking shape, and your patience’s are running out. Suddenly, as your hands are engulfed in clay madness, something amazing starts to take shape. What is it? No one knows, but it is awesome looking and you created it.
Photo Courtesy of: orpheus01 on Deviant Art
What started out as a disaster is now turning into something pretty awesome! How did you do it?
I remember growing up always thinking to myself and asking the question, “What does it take?” I am still asking this question.
I would ask and still ask:
What does it take to be a great athlete?
What does it take to be a professional athlete?
What does it take to start a business?
What does it take to be a great husband?
What does it take to be a great father?
What does it take to be a great leader. All questions with no answers.
It’s not about what is real.
It’s about what is reality.
Tonight, I had a speaking engagement at Cornerstone University. They asked me to speak to their entrepreneurship class about my personal journey, what I learned, and some practical advice for people looking to become an entrepreneur. I was excited and blessed to have the opportunity, especially after the ride I have been on the last 7 or so years. You can see the full presentation here.
I decided that I would talk about the difference between real and reality. I think to often we focus our time and energy on what is real, but we forget to add in the most important part, what is reality. Do you think people are to scared of reality?
I am sure you have heard the proverb, “the early bird gets the worm.” What are your feelings on this? Are you an early bird or a late bird? Do you struggle with getting up early and getting things done? My wife sure does. She loves to sleep and I love this about her!
For me, I believe that the early bird does get the worm. Think about it for a second, say two birds are competing to catch the worm, the bird that arrives early will be successful in catching the worm. And the bird that shows up late staggering in, gets nothing.