As part of a vetting process, a prospective client for Pine Ridge Creative requested that I complete a questionnaire to get to know me better. I found its contemplative questions above the curve. Among a brief case study to discuss and defend, it also included:
What inspires you?
Where do you find inspiration?
What do you want to be known for? And, what matters most to you?
As I sat with the questionnaire at a coffee shop in the early evening, I thought, O Dear, do I give these people my full-tilt personality or straight business responses?
My husband called at one point. "I think I'm suppose to write my obituary, here. This is intense," I said.
"Are you being funny?" he asked.
"I'm.Not.Sure," I said.
I had that vulnerability check: I decided to put my heart onto the page. Oh man. Either the hiring panel would think I'm a total nutjob, a funny eccentric, or just not a good fit for its organization. I'm a firm believer the vibe you send attracts your tribe. I put it out there, didn't play it safe but went whole heart.
The panel called me in (I hadn't scared them away!). The company's president popped into the meeting and shook my hand. He said that he loved my responses and that they were fun to read. Weeee....
Go whole heart or don't bother. No one has time for a less-than-enchanted life anymore....