While you say to yourself you'd wish you had that problem, you'll eventually reach a point in your career, the position you hold, or the project you lead; When you'll ask the qestion "now what?' So here are a few points to consider when you do ponder that question:
- Blow it up - Tom Peters coined that phrase. Though incremental change is the less risky and the prudent thing to do; sometimes (when you've reached the top?) innovation -- creating something completely new -- is needed. Have courage, the act of creating often destroys what is, to make room for what will be. JJ closed West Coast Choppers and moved to Austin. A mash-up of old-school conservatism and hipster scene in the midst of which he retooled himself. Do you have the guts to radically change your experience and discover something new?
- Go on a quest - He traveled to Israel to find an expert to which he could submit. He was told he should definitely NOT learn smithing from this man. Of course he absolutely must learn from him. He traveled to Israel and immersed himself in a new environment. How willing are you become a stranger in a strange land? To endure disorientation and open yourself to change?
- Learn something new -- No, not a better way to conduct a performance evaluation or close a sale. Though smithing is a similar universe as welding and fabrication, it's a parallel universe nonetheless. Can you put down the mantle of expertise to be humble and take on the role of learner?
- Bring back gifts -- He didn't stay a year. He stayed one week. He immediately put to use the skills he learned. He didn't wait until he could perfectly implement his vision. He didn't wait until he was expert to share what he learned with others. Are you able to teach, as a peer, and risk imperfection in the eyes of others?
Jesse James' personal life collapsed a few years ago in a messy and public way. He blew up his professional life, went on a quest to Israel, learned blacksmithing, then reopened West Coast Choppers in Austin, Tx. A gift to himself and you.
What do you need to "bow up" in your life?
Check out, The Comfort Trap (or, What if You're Riding a Dead Horse?) for more on when to make a change.