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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

DAY 17: The ART of PERMISSION

Day 17: the Art of the day is permission..."authorization to do something..."


Remember field trips to the zoo back in elementary school?  Before allowed to board the big yellow bus, you had to have a signed permission slip by a parent or guardian.


It was heartbreaking for the child who failed to obtain parental consent.  The poor thing would have tear stained cheeks with barely enough energy to wave bye as the arm of another teacher attempted to give a comforting shoulder pat.  We all thought in unison, "Sucks to be you!"

I began to wonder how many of us as adults feel like that kid left on the curb even now?  Who are we waiting on to grant us permission?  If we had that permission and boarded that yellow bus, where would we be on our way to?

There have definitely been times (recently) when I've felt like the kid left behind.  Back in 2009, I had this paradigm shifting idea in the education and technology field.  I just knew my idea would change the world.  

In fact, as soon as the idea was shared with some key people, resources began lining up at my door.  I believed in the idea.  Others around me believed too, including my business partner and the engineers who set out to build the prototype.  

But there was this ominous feeling lurking in the pit of my being that made me doubt despite reaching significant milestones.  I didn't need permission from Silicon Valley so why was I acting as if I did?  I didn't need permission from anybody but myself.  

However, at the time I must have thought otherwise.  So there I was, standing on the curb hearing a faint whisper of, "Sucks to be you!"  And, it did...  

Towards the end of 2011, as in TWO YEARS LATER...I got off the curb, found a pen and signed my own permission slip.  I was getting on a bus and going to the place where ideas manifest.  Just as I gave my consent, a totally brand new and improved idea for a technology platform emerged.  I am back to it now.  Most importantly, I am back to myself.  

This is the year that I will do everything in my power to finally LAUNCH for real, for real!  I made a decision that if it doesn't, I will close this chapter and not feel any guilt or shame.   I will move on without feeling like I failed because I know I did all that I could and wanted to do and it was my very best.  I couldn't say that two years ago.  Now, I find great peace in this knowledge.  Alas, I AM ready!

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