One of the main things I thought learned in the second co-op work term of my MBA was that I wasn't meant to be a consultant. I didn't want to be your big flashy idea woman, I wanted to be the one that does the work and sees the project through to completion. And because of the particular project I was working on in this particular work term, I was convinced I wasn't an ideas person. I removed the word 'creative' from my resume, not just because all the resume articles say you should (on account of the term being overused), but because I was I truly believed I simply wasn't.
Two years later, I realize now I was wrong. I am a creative ideas person, I just need to improve my process of getting my ideas from my head to the real world. For some reason, I don't have that problem with other people's ideas, hence my belief that I was a do-er, not a dreamer.
I've mentioned elsewhere that the idea for (broad)ject inc. has been floating around my brain for some time. I've written countless posts and newsletters, launched a million initiatives, and even been interviewed for a podcast or two...in my head. But actually getting this baby in words and on the internet has proved to be more of a struggle. It's partly because some ideas sound better in our heads than they do on the screen. There's also an intense vulnerability involved in launching your ideas into the world, especially when you want people to view you as someone who knows what they are talking about. There are a million excuses, but at the end of the day, I know I just need to do the work.
I can't think I'm the only one who has a million good ideas and nothing to show for it, and part of (broad)ject inc. is to give young(ish) women access to a community of like-minded dreamer doers. Sometimes we just need to know that other people feel our pain and are going through the same struggle to give us the needed kick in the ass to get moving. And thus, Side (broad)jects. I'm still working through the details of the actual meet ups, but I know there are some people out there who have already expressed interest, so I wanted to provide a digital venue for people to seek solace and support in their creative endeavours.
I've created a private community through Mightybell that you can join and chat with me and others about the creative process of trying to get the spark of an idea into the real world where people will actually, GASP, see it. You can join Mightybell for free, then search for side (broad)jects and request an invitation. I'll be posting regularly there about what I'm working on in terms of (broad)ject inc and I'd love to hear about your own projects.