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Architects of Cool Things

Almost everything: all the external expectations, all the pride, all the fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death . . .remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose—you are already naked, there is no reason not to follow your heart. ~Steve Jobs

Recently, I went to the mall and bought some stuff. From the Apple store, I bought an iphone—I’m nearly moved to tears by what this gorgeous piece of technology can do (a friend of mine uses hers to control her Tivo). I also popped into the Juicy Couture boutique and picked up a black knit cardigan adorned with a shock of removable faux fur around the collar. Fabulous. While I was there, I couldn’t resist browsing their very comfy and stylish signature tracksuits, too. I even love the too cute pink bag with chocolate brown satin ribbon embellishment that held my Juicy purchase.

I am thrilled with my purchases, no doubt, but what thrills me even more about the stuff is the creative forces behind the actual products: the people with the big ideas who decided to create something different, something new, something that adds value to the lives of many.  I’m obscenely curious about big thinkers and inspired by their boldness. Who gave Steve Jobs the permission to drop out of college so he could change the way we pretty much do anything productive (and things not so productive, too, but super fun!)?  What possessed Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy to design velour track suits after 1977 and then charge a premium for them?   My guess is that all three individuals met with more external detractors than supporters of their unconventional ideas and visions, but I bet they all paid very focused attention to their inner wisdom and, at least in large part, ignored the naysayers and party-poopers.

When we stop doing what’s merely expected of us and we start listening to our authentic selves, cool things get created and done. We all have a voice within us that may have been subjected to assault, subjugation, neglect or other abuses as we negotiated family, primary education, peers, media, significant others and stifling and/or painfully ordinary work environments.  We may have even conformed, dimmed our light a little–or a lot—in a pathetic attempt to hide in the shadows of those who are threatened or uncomfortable with our undeniable and shiny brilliance.  This is no way to live. And if this sounds even a little familiar to you, the good news is that no matter how much you have ignored your inner voice, it’s still there. It may take a little practice for you to hear it again and some courage to actually honor it, but, ultimately, that’s who you are: your inner voice and your courage to shine crazy bright.

I know there are so many more ideas, cures, inventions, discoveries and creations waiting to be born.  If you know you are not living up to your highest potential and if you’ve ever thought I can do that better/faster/stronger/cooler but took no steps to get it done, then I have a very important question for you: Who are you to stand in the way of relief, progress and greatness?

You have an obligation to show up and deliver what only you can do in the way only you can do it.  Aside from the end result of creating cool things and deeds, answering your unique calling allows you to experience the mind-blowing thrill of satisfying your deepest desire to express the best you have to offer.

You gotta love that.

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  1. January 11, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Beautiful post, Emiko.

    One of the major blocks to creation is simply fear. In my experience, when you push past the constricting feelings that fear brings, amazing things happen. And the next time you feel fear, it’s easier to push through. Pushing through becomes easier and easier.

    And ignoring anything and anyone other than yourself certainly helps.

    Another block is taking action. For some, it may be that they just don’t want to take steps because then they will not fail. For others, it’s not knowing what to do. But taking action, any action, is good. My favorite “cut to the chase” question is this: “Does this bring me closer to my goal/creation/intention?” I love how it’s helped take the fear out of making decisions and taking action.

    Blah, blah, blah…I could go on!

    Again, nice post!


  2. January 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for your comment Julie and I love your cut to the chase question! Focusing on the intention of any act is HUGE when it comes to getting what we want (and are meant to have)–it really puts fear in it’s place (or you could even play fear’s game with itself: “what happens if you DON’T move on your inspired action?”).

    Feel free to go on anytime 🙂

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