In today’s workout, we’ll pull together everything we’ve learned about hives.
And Proverbs reminds us that our most important “hive” is our home, so we’ll want to think about how we can apply the principles of success not only in our creative pursuits, but also in our families.
For the next few days, we’ll learn more about the personal practices you can use to do your best work.
Putting It Together
The goal of any creative hive is to create a dynamic in which the following 5 qualities define the experience:
1. All are questing on a similar level.
This doesn’t mean everyone you work with needs to be equally skilled or talented at the same level of success, income, or fame. Rather, your hive should share a common openness to the notion that they’re all there to learn, to make mistake, and to share and invite a high degree of feedback.
2. Transparency is heightened.
What you want to do is create the expectation that on a daily basis everyone will be fairly exposed to the process and output of others, and that on a weekly basis there will be a period of “kindly reckoning.”
3. It’s a zillion-sum game.
It must be assumed that all ships can rise, and the more that rise, the better it is for everyone.
4. There is a demonstrated commitment to a culture that embraces experimentation.
Trial, error, and recovery should be exalted. The will to push the envelope boldly and consistently is seen as a virtue.
5. Creators have access to mentors, heroes, and champions.
In the context of a hive, either build or find a culture that helps you build relationships with mentors and champions. They can provide knowledge, insights, feedback, support, and as needed, swift kicks.
“Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it.”
– Bill Bradley
Today, I will practice feeling the fear and choosing to move forward anyway. I will do one thing that scares me.
Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.