THE CANVAS STRATEGY
It's easy to be bitter, to hate even the thought of subservience. To despise those who have more means, more experience, or more status than you. To tell yourself that every second not spent doing your work, or working on yourself, is a waste of your gift. To insist, I will not be demeaned like this.
Once we fight this emotional and egotistical impulse, the canvas strategy is easy. The iterations are endless.
Maybe it’s coming up with ideas to hand over to your boss.
Find people, thinkers, up-and-comers to introduce them to each other. Cross wires to create new sparks.
Find what nobody else wants to do and do it.
Find inefficiencies and waste and redundancies. Identify leaks and patches to free up resources for new areas. _
Produce more than everyone else and give your ideas away.
In other words, discover opportunities to promote their creativity, find outlets and people for collaboration, and eliminate distractions that hinder their progress and focus. It is a rewarding and infinitely scalable power strategy. Consider each one an investment in relationships and your own development. The canvas strategy is there for you at any time there is no expiration date on it either. It's one of the few that age does not limit on either side, young or old. You can start at any time, before you have a job, before you're hired and while you're doing something else or if you're starting something new or find yourself inside an organization without strong allies or support. you may even find that there's no reason to ever stop doing it even once you've graduated to heading your own projects, let it become natural and permanent. Let others apply it to you while you're too busy applying it to those above you because if you pick up this mantle once you'll see what most people's egos prevent them from appreciating: The person who clears the path ultimately controls its direction, just as the canvas shapes the painting.
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