Inspiration comes in many forms. I was watching a documentary the other night on the electric guitar called It Might Get Loud. The film says it’s about the electric guitar, but it isn’t… It’s about leaving a mark. The film followed 3 guitar players and talked about their lives, inspiration and drive. You may have heard of these people – Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White.
As I was watching this film, I started thinking about where I am in my life. I started thinking about what I do for a living and what I am currently doing in my job. I started wonder how I’m leaving a mark or, more to the point, if I’m leaving a mark.
At one point in the film Jack White is talking about some of the guitars that he has and how they are a little bit warped or out of tune. He points out that he likes to leave them like that because he does his best work when it is a struggle; when he has to conquer the guitar to get what he is looking for out of it.
That really got to me. Too often, I feel like I am hoping that something will just comes to me. If I do the same thing over and over again something new and exciting will come out of that. Now, I am probably my toughest critic and I am probably over simplifying things, but there is still some truth to that.
It is really easy for me to get caught up in my daily routine and to let the little obstacles trip me up on a daily basis and zap some of my energy. It’s simple to just grind out the week focusing on one task at a time and not really pick up my head to look around at what is going on.
That, however, is not leaving a mark… that is just getting by.
I have done a bit of soul searching lately and I decided that I need to focus on things that I am good at and things I can conquer with a little bit of struggle. I need to get back to the things that charge my batteries. I have been distracted as of late and I miss doing things that matter to me; things that I can leave my mark on and things I can be proud of.
Greatness is in the eye of the beholder. I think all often people associate greatness with what everyone else thinks. I am not searching for fame or greatness in the eyes of others. I am looking to define greatness for me.
I found a place where I want to funnel some of this new found energy and drive – MKEUX. I will be talking a lot more about what this is going to be. I am very excited about the possibilities of this new idea and I am working with @michaelseidel; one of the best Information Architects (IAs) in Milwaukee. I am also looking forward to the rest of the Milwaukee UX community contributing to this.
We are working out the details of this and will have more to share soon.