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.
These are my heroes.
As I dream this evening, these are the people who will be sitting in my Invisible Cabinet. It is to their personas that I turn for advice, for inspiration, and for guidance.
Who do YOU turn to? Leave a list of your heroes in the comments.
Love the video of “Do More Great Work.” Gotta get me mine’s!
Seriously. The best time you can invest in your business is the highest-level thinking that gets you out of your box, and into playing a bigger game.