[This post is sponsored by Olioboard, in conjunction with our #DesignerMBA event that’s getting underway today! Follow the event on Twitter with me @tobifairley and @TeamTobi .]
One big focus of mine this month has been PASSION!
Yesterday, I talked with my Mastermind business consulting group members in their monthly call all about how to realign with their passions in order to re-inspire all parts of their work. I gave them my 10 tried-and-true tips for tapping into that powerful passion energy when burn-out has got you down and you are no longer in love with your work. And so many of those tips had to do with finding ways to get inspired. And today, I’m going to be speaking to professional designers at my Designer MBA training about how doing what they LOVE—with authenticity and clarity of purpose—is 100% required for building a successful business in a creative field!
Sometimes we think of inspiration as something that just happens when it happens, and you can’t control it. To a certain extent, I think that’s true, BUT! I know from experience that there’s a difference between moping around resenting your work while waiting for the creativity lightning to strike and actively opening yourself to inspiration by putting yourself in places that inspire you, doing things that inspire you, and “showing-up” to be inspired at any moment.
And because design is one of my key creative practices, a HUGE way that I can “show-up” to be inspired is to play around with design ideas constantly—even when there’s no immediate need for a solution for a specific client.
And one of my favorite online tools for doing this is Olioboard! When I want to let my mind play and pull together gorgeous fabrics and images, I create a mood board. And when I have an idea that seems exciting and risky and I want to “test drive” it, I create a room perspective. Olioboard is an amazing toolbox for designers that is just getting better and better!
So today, as Designer MBA is stoking the passions of this incredible group of designers, remember to keep yourself open to inspiration…just put yourself directly in it’s path!
p.s. One way that I help get people (designers and enthusiasts) inspired for design is my signature event, Design A-to-Z! Learn more about the next session, HERE. And if YOU think #DesignerMBA sounds like the event for you, our next session is going to be held in November, so stay tuned for our announcement of those dates soon!