Recently I reread The War of Art by Steve Pressfield and picked up things that I didn’t catch the first time around. If you aren’t familiar with the book, it’s about the resistance every creative feels as they pursue whatever discipline they’ve chosen to work in. For writers, it’s the infamous blank page syndrome, for actor’s it’s the always prepping-never doing syndrome, for all of us it’s the getting ready to get ready to think about doing something problem. In fact I was so impressed by my second reading that I immediately went to Amazon to purchase the follow up book Do The Work. So I logged on to Amazon and put the book in my cart. When I went to check out, Amazon gently says “Ummmm, you’ve already purchased this book”. I did? I don’t remember getting it as I didn’t recognize the cover art in any of the books I owned. So off to my past history of purchases I went and doggone it, there it was in my Kindle books. Seems I’ve owned this tome for almost 2 years. Boy did I feel foolish. It made me wonder what other great tools I’ve purchased or obtained one way or another and haven’t made use of.
After pursuing a career for many years, we accumulate resources, contacts and guides that may get lost in the shuffle of the everyday of our business. Pulling out long forgotten notes from a conference or weekend workshop is a great way to mine new tidbits of knowledge that may not have resonated when we first heard it. It’s like cleaning out your closet of clothes you don’t wear anymore and finding that awesome pair of shoes or jeans you totally forgot you had. Bang! New outfit and it didn’t cost you a dime.
So I’m pulling out my notes from various conferences and workshops and seeing what I can glean from them before I sink another dime into buying that awesome thing guaranteed to push me to the next level. I wonder what else is in this toolbox?