Freeing Your Voice

Over the years, I have encouraged friends and clients to blog.

“Write and say something good,” I tell them.”   And I would say “the Google-bots on the internet will reward you.“

For biz sake, SEO and keywords tweaks are great. However, good content requires work, intentionality, thought, a personal voice, and many times a great editor.

Most of all, people want to connect with people not just a product.

Well, I have been preaching to myself all this time.

Then I stopped blogging in 2010.   A rant would show up on my personal Facebook page here and there but that was it.

I always felt that I did not have much to say or much to show. Which brings me to thanking a couple friends for reminding me of Austin Kleon’s books Steal Like an Artst and Show Your Work. Reading them a few times over has inspired me.

I must send out a loud “mahalo” to Austin for speaking “freedom” to my ears which allowed my heart and voice to sing again.

Austin’s books reminded me that my voice has been there all along. It was there in the midst life and work and I needed to keep at things and use my voice.

“But now I realize that the only way to find your voice is to use it. It’s hardwired, built into you. Talk about the things you love. Your voice will follow.” ― Show Your Work!

His thoughts were a kick in the pants and reminded me we are all learners and we learn better together. I was reminded my voice was still in our bread and butter projects and not just in things I hoped for or our personal creative projects no one sees.

I found freedom beyond what my perfectionism allowed. For the first time, instead needing to present a perfect completed project, it was okay to share and invite others into the creative process.

For example, my perspective on the limitations we had on a project. At the end of the day, I would ask “could we have done something different/better if we had a better timeline or budget?

Instead, I was reminded that with limitations, there is great power, creativity, and discovery.   Some of the greatest works come because of these “limitations.” Personally, I got to revisit and see our projects differently.

I got to see what we learned and celebrate the ingenuity that was birthed out of those “limitations.”

Going with the flow is a good thing and we are happy that we could adapt and honour our values for good work to help our clients.

They say that “with great power comes great responsibility,” well, I say “with limitations comes great power.”

Here is a glimpse into the life of a young man who is a genius with his “limitations” (a simple 4 string instrument).   You have to see his documentary as well.   Enjoy.


  About Kenton:  I think my teachers, mentors, sisters, and my friends got me hooked and perhaps fan the flames for my passion that is summed up by these word… “The role of the storyteller is to awaken the storyteller in others.” – Jack Zipes