Understanding One’s Life Task
I have come to recently understand that my “life task” (Green, R. 2012 P.19) is comprised of first a desire to engage my craft (specifically that is creative writing), but then advance into a calling of my craft –all coming about after entering Full Sail University. My original ability to write and my focus on engaging more specifically novels and screenplays for cinema has been clearly re-engaged on a more profound artistic and technical level. Having focused deeply into my studies of Ray Bradbury, how he came about to be a man of the age who encountered moments of life within a larger framework of American social struggles, has showcased a similar experience in my own life that has exploded into a bright focus on the next. From moments of emotional pitfalls to extraordinarily damaging circumstances, I have been fashioned into a person who is now purely engaged in the purpose of the absorption of the best parts of the best creatives in history in the hopes to achieve even the slightest levels of mastery.
In Greene’s book Mastery, his chapter “Strategies for Acquiring Social Intelligence” (Greene, R. 2012 P. 146) shows variances in complexity and levels of engagement. “Reversal” is the last strategy mentioned in the fourth chapter headed “Seeing People As They Are: Social Intelligence” (Greene, R. 2012 P. 126). Specifically “reversal” was of key interest to me, as it seems most reflexive of Steve Jobs. While the example in Greene’s book in this instance is about Paul Graham (Greene. R. 2012 P.164), as a Computer Science professor and businessman he was challenged in many ways that directly and quickly transcribe to Jobs and the rhythms of needing a solid logic and competency to the approach of leading through departments, academia, bureaucracy, and teams that resist inside projects where people involved. People can be shaken off projects or dismissed for the greater focus of obtaining a goal, and while this might seem cold, it is, in the end, the goal that matters. People who cannot be part of that goal or resist it can simply choose to no longer make a paycheck.
I have personally been in many situations where I’ve had a vision for a project and sought out to build teams and work together toward a common goal, but consistently those kinds of projects I have been a part of have been altruistic in nature. When projects are not monetized or there is no intrinsic reward for people or groups (even though the beauty of a project or goal might be valiant or truly pure and beautiful and a reward all its own with the proper perspective) in almost every case, people are out for their own self-interest rather than experiencing the beauty of growth or teamwork. The negative effects for me in projects of this kind, while leading, have shown what dissension and disunity in a project can do. It turns into war and the fallout is lost people, destroyed projects and a hurting heart. On the flipside, one can come out stronger for this experience and know that seeing people as they are is a helpful thing to know ahead of time so that you can cut things at the pass sooner than later. I have also been able to look at my naiveté in some of the hardest areas of my life where hope was misplaced in a people that secretly had no care for any project, the ideals of its existence, respect of the principles and cheapened who I am in my position of given authority. I have beaten myself up over what seems like total failures in the light of not wanting to take a cold hard look at the effects of external forces of the secret darknesses of people that had been eating away at the very fabric of me by never disclosing their agenda(s). These people I liken to the scorpion on the back of the frog that’s just trying to cross the river. The frog just wants to cross and a scorpion conveniently shows up asking for a ride across the river. The frog says if he allows this creature on his back, the scorpion will sting him. The scorpion says it won’t, the frog lets the scorpion on its back, and then halfway across the river, the scorpion stings the frog. The foolish frog says, “Why did you do this? Now we’ll both drown!” and the scorpion simply says, “Silly frog, I’m a scorpion. It’s in my nature.” To experience this and the fallout of what it means in our foolish allowance of people in our lives like that will cause years of guilt and doubt in one’s self and cause a rehashing of old broken failures that have nothing to do with the future. Better put, don’t be the other frog in the pot where the water that’s been slowly being increased in temperature to boil you alive without you realizing it. What’s the answer? Jump. Jump right now, dummy. You’ve done enough.
The video presentation of Tom Kelley (Do What You Love, 2008 YouTube ) directly correlates to many key instances in Greene’s book in the social intelligence category. In Kelley’s presentation, he delves into ideas of purpose and focus and passion. To not love what one does is, in a way, is a sin. It is imperative that one realize sooner than later that being consistent in a position that consistently steals your joy and becomes the grind keeps you from becoming the thing you have the most passion for and that to not find that passion cheats you, the people you might influence, and the general world you engage as a whole. Calling and communication work seamlessly to together due to the nature of passion found and passion to engage with your passion within yourself and with the good of others. This, in turn, helps the passion replicate for others and, in some strange processes, you almost fall into mastery. To find ones passion, then ones calling and then plugging into it with a focus and ability to singularly consolidate all primary skillsets related to the passion you find, is the ultimate ability of craftsmanship not thrown to the wind.
Greene, R. (2012). Mastery. New York, NY: Penguin Group (USA) Inc. P.19
Greene, R. (2012). Mastery. New York, NY: Penguin Group (USA) Inc. P.146
Greene, R. (2012). Mastery. New York, NY: Penguin Group (USA) Inc. P.126
Greene, R. (2012). Mastery. New York, NY: Penguin Group (USA) Inc. P.164
Kelley, Tom [StartupWin]. (2008, Nov.12). Do What You Love. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPRW9q-0unc URL