There is this incredible little human being who lives in my house. She is creative and interesting, but also snarky and sarcastic. Her third-grade teacher is what I might call a true hippie. I’m fairly certain he was actually at Woodstock. He plays several instruments, including the guitar, and his class spends all of their days creating and singing and dancing…with a little bit of snark. For her, he is the perfect teacher and the school did a phenomenal job pairing them.
I often wonder what she is going to do with her life. For the longest time (I mean, ages two through seven), she wanted to be a penguin—and she’d get mad at anyone who told her she couldn’t be a penguin because “My mom and dad say I can be anything I want if I work hard, practice, and never give up!” Which is true. We do tell her that, but I always mutter “within reason” under my breath because, you know, she can’t actually be a penguin no matter how hard she works or practices.
She, of course, will be an incredible steward of our earth and of her community—and I can’t wait to see what she does with her life. But watching her grow and watching her incredible creative spirit often has me studying what other creative individuals have done in their lives.
Steve Jobs is probably one of the best examples I can think of. Someone who was incredibly creative and had an ability to think about the future in a way that most of us would never achieve in our entire lifetimes. There are, of course, artists and songwriters and musicians and authors and athletes and creators who are the same. Albert Einstein. Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. Margaret Atwood and Jonathan Franzen. Dwayne Johnson (hubba, hubba!) and Lily James.
All of these incredibly talented and creative humans have had hot streaks during their careers. Patrick Mahomes is certainly having a hot streak right now. But what about the rest of us? Can we have hot streaks in our careers without being famous?
I certainly think so, which is what we are going to discuss on this week’s episode of the Spin Sucks podcast.