I’ve been known to dream big.
It’s often easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind. You find yourself settling for “good enough” just so you can get through the current project and move onto the next. There is so much to get done and so many demands. It’s not a surprise when we stop and weigh tagging several bases against really pushing hard on one thing.
Other times, though, I dream big. There are staff around me who I know have learned to recognize when the big idea is being born. They know that moment (maybe there is a look on my face or a gleam in my eye?) when I casually drop an idea that they know will have to come to fruition. Even before I know how hard I’m going to push, they know to make space and time because this will be the one.
I’ve settled for “good enough” but I never quite like it. If I know to call it “good enough” then I also know that it could have been better. It leaves me wondering if the supposed “impossible” really could have been possible.
A few days ago the genius Hildy Gottlieb appeared in my in box (her blog… not her literally) reminding me of why “good enough” will not be my goal. In truth, we’ve all witnessed the accomplishing of the impossible. Once upon a time, women couldn’t vote. Man was not strolling on the moon. There were stern repercussions for believing the world to be anything but flat. Fortunately, people got creative. They put on their thinking caps, pondered the impossible, and asked, “Why not?”
Please. Take another minute of your time and read Hildy. You’ve spent this time reading me and she is way more compelling. Be reminded of the importance of being creative. When we courageously embrace our creativity, we accomplish the impossible. Because good enough isn’t actually good enough – we all can do and deserve better.
How will you be creative?
Ifeoma Aduba, Director of Public Advocacy
Creativitiy: A Woman’s Place encourages the creation of meaningful new ideas, interpretations, and rules.*
*excerpt from the Values Statement of A Woman’s Place