The tagline of this blog is: “Because Every Great Creative Achievement Is A Journey.”
It’s my answer to the question: “Why, as a creativity coach, did you decide to start up a blog about travel and exploration?”
As I mentioned in a previous post on the creativity lessons I’ve learned from Darwin’s voyage, I’m interested in this blog about the stories of literal travel adventures that have made a difference to the world’s creators. But I’m also interested in the wider frame of reference of viewing the creative process as a journey, and why this matters for one’s development and success as a creator.
Admittedly this kind of journey has been an interesting one for me recently as I’ve started up this blog and have been transitioning to building up my coaching business online. Even in just the past few months there have already been roadblocks and pitfalls (and lessons learned!). And there have also been breakthroughs and new insights leading to new steps.
And now, I’m excited to announce my next step on this journey: the launch of The 21st Century Renaissance Human Project.
Like many stories, the actual origins of this project go back to a time before today. In a sense, the origins go back to my childhood and my fascination and admiration for Leonardo da Vinci as a Renaissance Man — I always loved the idea of working and pursuing excellence across disciplines, and even as a teenager, I resisted the culture’s driving imperative to specialize at the expense of generalization.
Recently, however, this idea and passion has come into clearer focus as I’ve thought more about the creator clients I want to serve in my coaching business, about what a fulfilling creative, innovative life entails and requires, and about why multidisciplinary pursuits are an ideal for human beings in every age but especially now…
Some of my first thoughts on this topic have recently been published in Thrive Global.
But it’s just a beginning.
I realized in the process of working on that article that there’s more I want to learn, discover, and clarify on this topic of “How to Be a Renaissance Man (or Woman) in the 21st Century.” I see it now developing into a series of articles, and hopefully some talks…and maybe even a book? (I’m feeling that pulse of excitement at the start of journey when you don’t know exactly where it will go….).
That’s the thing about a good journey: you don’t have to know, exactly, what the destination will be, but to make progress it is necessary to get clear about the next step. Otherwise it’s too easy to end up just spinning your wheels and not moving ahead.
So, my next step is research. Right now, I’m in the process of doing interviews, trying to talk to as many people as I can who currently are pursuing work across disciplines.
Is that you? Do you know someone who is striving to be a Renaissance Man or Woman today? If so, please do get in touch if you’re interested / willing to be interviewed for my future articles, talks, and maybe a book (?). Thank you in advance!