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What is that supposed to mean? Nothing is holding me back!

April 27th, 2017 Posted by Blog Post, Business is ART, Inspiration 4 thoughts on “What is that supposed to mean? Nothing is holding me back!”

Laura Harting – Urbana University

As discussed in a previous blog, I had the great honor of having my book used in a 300-level course on strategic management and leadership at Urbana University this semester. Last week I met with the students from the class to listen to their feedback on the book.

The following critique and testimonial was written by one of the students, Marketing and Management major Laura Harting, who gave her permission to post it in its entirety here.

Thank you very much, Laura and here’s is to a great future!

Laura’s Review

Generally, I really enjoyed using the Business is ART book.  Jon’s advice and instructions in the book felt genuine and straight from the heart. He really had a way of engaging his readers and being relatable.

The end of chapter questions were among my favorite parts. They helped me bring the things I read full circle and relate them to my own life and my future plans, along with previous experiences.

Before I began reading Business is ART, I will say I was skeptical. But what I found within the book was not what I was expecting. Not only was the book insightful, but it really brought things in my own life to my attention.

For example, in Chapter 1, the end of chapter questions talked about our vision and how we define success. This made me think about what I want in my future and the steps I need to take to get there. Thinking about my vision for my life was an eye opener. It made me realize that I had not really done any prior planning for post-graduation.

In Chapter 2, we were asked about the things that we feel are holding us back. At first I kind of brushed this question off, thinking, “What is that supposed to mean? Nothing is holding me back.”

But this is really not the case. In fact there are a lot of things that have been holding me back – a lot of that being fear of the future. I realized that my hesitation to move far away from the place I have known and loved my whole life was holding me back from some amazing career opportunities.

At the beginning of this course, my plan for graduation was to apply for jobs close to home. Now, less than a month from graduation, I have had phone interviews for out-of-state jobs and even traveled to Nashville for interviews in order to explore career opportunities.

Without Business is ART, I feel I would not have realized that my fear of the unknown was holding me back from amazing career opportunities. I realized that being tied down to next to nothing was not limiting me to stay in Ohio and close to my family. Business is ART somehow managed to get me to see things about myself that I was not seeing before opening the book.

Overall, Business is ART, and the end of chapter questions were very useful to me as a soon-to-be college graduate.

An apology

To Laura’s friends and family that may not want her to relocate…uhhhh…I’m sorry.

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Why Choreography in Business Can Hold You Back

February 29th, 2016 Posted by Behavior, Business is ART, Business Plan, Entrepreneur, Goal, Inspiration, Leadership, Owner 0 thoughts on “Why Choreography in Business Can Hold You Back”
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Is your business constrained by choreography? What’s holding you back?

The following is an edited excerpt from the book Business is ART. It was originally posted on 12/13/2014 at the former Business is ART blog site and has since been modified.

Business is ART – Chapter 2 Excerpt

I hate line dancing. I hate when those two or three songs inevitably start at wedding receptions, parties, or when the band or karaoke DJ decides to take a break, and people get up, line up, and begin doing whatever it is that they do to those songs all in unison. I hate it.

So when people ask why I’m not joining them in a good, old-fashioned line dance, I like to say, “Because I refuse to be constrained by the shackles of choreography,” followed by, “That means I can’t dance.”

The reality is, I actually can dance. If I was famous, you would never see me on “Dancing with the Stars,” but if you did, I would likely get through a few rounds before being sent home. I would not win nor make it to the final round, but I can dance passably when I want to. I just really don’t like line dancing.

It is probably more accurate to say that this phrase means that I don’t like playing within certain boundaries. I like to be creative and play outside the boundaries. ‘Refusing to be constrained by the shackles of choreography’ means staying relevant. How?  Here are a few thoughts.

Don’t Get Comfortable

Rockstar Jon Bon Jovi said “Don’t get too comfortable with who you are at any given time – you may miss the opportunity to become who you want to be.”

There’s nothing like a nice bed or a comfy couch to stretch out on and snuggle in for a while to watch a movie or your favorite team.  But don’t let life be that couch.  If you do, you’ll fall asleep while everyone and everything changes around you.  When you wake up, you may even find someone took the remote.

Things Change – So Should You

Pay attention!  Things are constantly changing.  Particularly in business, if you aren’t paying attention, you will become irrelevant in relatively short order.

Think past current demand.

Andy Warhol said, “An artist is somebody who produces things that you don’t need to have.”

If you find yourself saying “The customers aren’t asking for it and they don’t need it,” you probably need to rethink your strategy. More likely, you don’t have one.

What’s Holding You Back?

Here are 4 simple questions to ask yourself:

  1. What shackles do you wear (what is holding you back)?
  2. Can you think of a time when you threw off the shackles?
  3. If so, what motivated you to do so?
  4. What would you do if the shackles were removed today (what’s your plan)?

If line dancing is your thing, more power to you.  But, in business, don’t be constrained by the shackles of choreography.  Throw off those chains and do a little free styling.  Make up a new, smooth move of your own.

With a little luck, pretty soon all the cool kids will be doing it.

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