I’ve been doing a lot of existential-type exercises lately, because I run my own business, and as my own boss, I need to a) keep myself on track, and b) substitute imaginary friends for a board meeting.
Napoleon Hill describes the process of creating an ‘Imaginary Cabinet’ in Think and Grow Rich. You relax your body completely, and imagine all your greatest heroes sitting around a table with you, eager to answer your questions.
In order to keep my imagination from getting crowded (because, seriously, it’s already pretty packed in there) I used the Map from Michael Bungay Stanier’s Do More Great Work.
Here are the heroes that will be guiding me in my dreams, and the 4 qualities of each I admire them for:
Felicia Day, actor and creator of The Guild
- She found a niche with her hobby, and made it her career.
- She integrates multiple multimedia channels
- that have given her a platform to perform, all the time.
- She is unabashedly authentic. She’s still a pale geek, and Hollywood never took that away.
Steve Jobs, founder of Apple
- Vision beyond the now.
- A continual return to the user experience (i.e. the customer experience).
- An unforgiving dedication to quality.
Daniel Stein, former School Director of Dell’Arte
- Wisdom, and no fear of sharing it gracefully.
- Curiosity into the world around him, and why it works the way it does.
- An adoration of applause often found in lifelong performers
- Faith, in his religion and his world.
Francisco d’Anconia, fictional character
- Innate ability, beyond that of normal men
- Centeredness that comes from being utterly capable
- Raw genius, and the desire to throw it at difficulties
- Rogueish approach to life
James Cameron, film director
- Powerful storyteller, who uses
- Incredible visuals to show, not tell, his stories.
- He distilled mythologies into the potent pinch points.
- Epic stories. Big, epic stories.