As a self employed creative, it is such a wonderful surprise to receive a completely unsolicited request for a magazine interview. Now that is a great way to start off the week!
When the editor in chief of Authority Magazine contacted me to ask if I would be willing to let them do an interview, I admit I had to look up the online publication to see exactly what they might have in mind. What I found was a collection of intriguing, entertaining and sometimes surprising interviews with a wide variety of people. From Fortune 500 companies, to charitable organizations, to fellow creative performers, I am honored to be among them.
The interview questions were thoughtful and covered the entire span of one’s career, so it was also a very enjoyable trip down memory lane relating a few of the stories. Even the “lessons learned” ones! Gave me a good chuckle reliving the details.
We often get so focused on meeting a project deadline or getting through this week’s To Do List, that we don’t take time to reflect on what we have actually accomplished. There is a sense of satisfaction and validation that comes with taking a moment to really soak it in – and a renewed enthusiasm for new things to add to the list.
On top of that, you also realize that you may have something of value to give back. Even if you aren’t the stereotypical old sage in the industry, you can still be that voice of wisdom for someone less experienced. Plus, many times the teacher continues to learn more through the act of teaching – and thinking about new ways to improve.
And if nothing else, getting a request for an interview means a good opportunity to laugh at all the funny stories again!
If you’re interested, you can hopefully laugh a bit with me! Here’s the Article: