Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. ~ Ryunosuke Satoro
My idea of a perfect world really can't be designed by one person or even by a million experts. It's going to be seven billion pairs of hands, each following their own passions. ~ Jay Silver
Let’s just keep asking ourselves this question: ‘Is what I’m about to do strengthening the web of connections, or is it weakening it? ~ Margaret Wheatley
What most excites me right now is collaboration. All the most beautiful, joyous, blessed things in life are celebrations of cooperation and collaborative ventures. Win-win relationships. Reciprocity. Mutualism. Sharing Economy. Flat management. All of these things speak to a way of working that cares about the heart and soul of business as well as business owners. It just feels better when everyone benefits and thrives, doesn't it?
Personally, I have been bartering and doing lots of different types of exchanges for years and I've enjoyed how NOT exchanging money inspires more creativity and sensitivity between people. Money makes is so easy to buy your way out of things whereas trading asks the question: What can I do for you? No one is above. No one is below. Both are offering to gift each other with something the other needs.
Something feels clean about that.
With that said, I've still hung on far too long working for myself, by myself. Thankfully, this is about to change. For good. That era in my life is over. Now I'm about to step into a web of connectivity that will enhance and expand everything I do.
I'm a writer. I'm used to isolation. I like hiding out in the sanctuary of my own creative zone. I recharge my battery by being alone. I LOVE hanging with my Muse. All of which is great if you need to get a project done. Not great if you need to build an audience for your work or promote e-books and e-courses. No, for that you need relationships and connections. You need to step out of the quiet creative zone into the high energy social zone, both online and offline.
A good business has to be a magical mix of both. The best way to do this is to find others who need the same thing and co-create projects with them--big projects that get you OUT of your comfort zone into a place of more visibility. A BIG step, but also a fun and exciting one.
It's about playing a BIGGER game.
I currently have some collaborative projects in the works...more details to come in the coming weeks and months. Suffice it to say that 2014 will look nothing like 2013.
In the meantime, if you have a project and you'd like to collaborate, drop me a line. Don't hang out in the sidelines any more. Step onto that stage and ask for what you need. That's how amazing things happen! I promise!