wabi-sabi in your business

So often, we feel that we can not be successful until we are perfect. As a result, we balk, stifle and hold ourselves back for fear of falling flat, disappointing or embarrassing not only ourselves but others.

Consider giving yourself permission to allow the principle of wabi-sabi to flourish in your business efforts. Yes, we strive for perfection, but we are not perfect. We become more perfect in the practicing and in the doing, but until we give ourselves the freedom to do, we are frozen in our ideal and not in our expressive or creative uniqueness. So, we become stale, flat and disappointed by more and more opportunities wafting by.

For example: I have good thoughts. They can either swirl around in my head and do nothing or I can share them.

Being allowed to express them creates even better thoughts and gives insights into how I can improve the thoughts I gave voice to. I learn to listen to myself and strive to craft those ideas as perfectly as possible.

Sometimes, my ideas need tweaking.

Perhaps tweaking is a kinder way of saying “correcting” or “falling short”. A tweak certainly doesn’t sound like punishment or ridicule or humiliation.

We’re learning. Breathe deep and give yourself permission to wabi-sabi.

Let’s give ourselves the freedom to learn and grow in the process. Accepting that we will not always be perfect, nor do we have to be.

Good things will come as a result! I can feel it!

Making Lists, not Resolutions

It’s the end of the year and time for reflecting: what went right in 2017? What could have been done differently? Most importantly, what did you learn about yourself and your business in 2017?

Now looking ahead to 2018, based on the questions above: what are you setting down as your intentions? Not resolutions. Intentions. Resolutions tend to dissolve by the 10th day of January. Intentions can be repeatedly picked back up again and worked on.

Pull out that spiral notebook. Or get all fancy and get a Panda Planner or Simple Elephant Planner or whichever “this thing will change my life if I’ll actually use it” planner and start writing down lessons learned these past 360 odd days and what you plan to do with the next year’s worth.

Here’s my start:

  • craft sustainable business budget (and family budget)
  • Reach out to current client base and thanking them for the working relationship
  • Thank past clients for the good work they allowed me to help them with
  • order branded postcards from MOO or somesuch easy place
  • post daily on Robinson Studio website
  • post daily on social media
  • stay ahead of work flow (writing schedule and social media schedule for clients)
  • strengthen video skills to offer clients
  • continue ongoing research on upcoming work projects
  • read one new book a month (not all business, but also philosophy, psychology, history, social trends, etc)
  • attend a 3-day retreat away and actually disconnect (no phone, no internet, no outside contact)
  • daily morning and evening journaling/planning
  • work/life balance… reclaiming the weekends as personal time
  • scheduling “dates” with spouse and children on a monthly basis
  • scheduling / saving for a vacation that has the intention of vacation vs “I have to take this time off”
  • learning how to play Mahjong

Original You Please

You have a choice, right now.

You can either choose to “make something you think people will buy” or you can freaking make that thing that is inside you.

And you will be stuck with that choice for years, for decades, and perhaps for your entire life.

So, think now and decide. Oh yes, you can change your mind, but the pain and the cost is compounded from this moment forward.

Experience shows me that I can not sustain selling myself out.  Odds are, neither can you. Nor can the folks who believe in you.

Goodwill it turns out, has an expiration date.

Don’t Fear the Shawarma

On a recent business trip, my friends and I decided to be adventurous and try gas-station-turned-Lebanese-restaurant for dinner. Complete with live parrots outside and a sign promoting belly dancing on Friday and Saturday night.

It would be easy to be intimidated by such a place, but it turned out to be the best meal I’d had in a very, very long time.

We all tried something new. Every dish was a delight. We relaxed and brainstormed about the upcoming day’s events and what we especially liked about the day now past.

Lesson learned: don’t fear the shawarma.

Don’t be afraid to try something new, whether that is in your design or business strategy or whether it is the place to eat. Great ideas (and food) can be found outside your comfort zone.


Be You

First and foremost, you must be you.

Not who you think people want you to be, but you, as you are right now.

Not the you that you once were.

Nor the you that might yet be.

The you now.

Present. Human. Doing your best with what they have in hand.

Not perfect. Not a god/goddess.

Just you.

That is what the world needs today.

I’m glad we both are here.

Permission to Fail

You have permission to fail.

Permission to try something different.

Permission to experiment and see if one option works better than the other.

As an entreprenuer, you always have to give your self permission to try…and to fail.

We are not talking “shutter the doors” fail. We are talking “thinking beyond status quo” fail.

Otherwise, you would have purchased a franchise, correct?

And with permission to fail also comes permission to succeed.

Robinson Studio focuses on helping clients behind the scenes with ghost writing, social media, video content, and sound marketing strategies. To learn more visit Robinson Studio.

What Are You Known For?

Make a list.

Write it out.

What words describe you.

Now, what is your company known for?

Make a list.

Write it out.

Look at it: is it true?

Does it reflect and say what you want your company to say?

Consider posting the lists where you can see it multiple times a day.

If you have a business with a cash register… put the business one there as well.

Let your customers read it. They will let you know if it’s the truth.