A few years ago I stumbled across this movie about this guy Laird Hamilton who’s this crazy “big wave” surfer. TONS of movies and documentaries have featured him and his crew of surfers. The thing about them, is that they got stuck and couldn't figure out how to ride bigger and bigger waves. Until one day, they took it to the next level and started using a jet ski to TOW them onto the waves. Sounds crazy right? We’ll it’s hard to even explain it so I’ll let this picture from ESPN speak for me:
Silly stuff. We’ll...I’m sitting here watching this movie for about the millionth time and it got me thinking. This dude really took it to the next level.....so, what are WE doing to take our jobs to the next level? A few thoughts on how to take it to the next level.
1) Seek inspiration - Honestly, inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes....find something that inspires you and relay it to your work. It doesn’t matter how you find inspiration......think outside of the box and draw the parallels.
2) Talk it out - That’s right, talk it out. Find a friend who knows nothing about your work and talk through your ideas. You’ll be surprised at how much it helps. A totally fresh perspective can change your entire outlook.
3) Take a shot - Everyone gets comfortable, it’s a fact of life. Every now and again, you’ve got to take a shot. Launch a new project, get a new job, run a marathon....doesn’t matter what shot. Just take it
4) Ask a mentor - By now, you’ve got a mentor or even better a few folks who you trust who you can tap for advice right? So, when you’re feeling stuck or just looking for that inspiration....ask a mentor for a few tips and with little luck you’ll be on your way.
I’ll have another post later this week, until then, if you’re getting stuck or needing inspiration in your career....watch this video and channel your inner Laird....