Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Ponder: Dream It, Build It

I know it's not Sunday, but the day and the light got away from me, and until today I didn't have a chance to photograph this week's mantra: If I dream it, I can build it.
Dream it. Build it!
My selection for Gates' inspiration was influenced by the late Alan Wilson Watts, a British-born philosopher who wrote and spoke extensively about Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoisim. Although he died over forty years ago, for the past month and a half a video set to one of his audio lectures has been making its rounds on the Internet. In the video he poses the following question:

What would you like to do if money were no object?
Have you ever asked yourself that question? Have you ever sat down and tried to honestly answer it?
In high school, I faced this question. I was considering a few college options: Art, Fashion, or Engineering. (Remember that I'm the daughter of a mixed media/fiber arts maker and a civil engineer.) My mother pointed out that I'd never make any money in art; I went down the Engineering path. With the cost of education in the late 1980s, it made sense to start with a career that would allow me to repay my educational loans.
But what if money were no object? If you didn't have to mortgage your future for learning? What would your workdays look like? Who would be your dream customers? Those are the very questions I'm trying to answer. If you're a creative entrepreneur and wrestling with these questions, check out the eCourses from Braid Creative; I'm taking their third class, Dream Customer Catching, right now. By the end of their classes, you'll be well on your way to making your answers real.
Ciao Bella!
Credits: All layouts designed by and images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life.