There is a ton of advice for entrepreneurs to help hone in on their purpose. A common response is figure out what you enjoy most and build a business around it. Many call this finding your passion but I think of it as finding your spark.
For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.…
Not long ago I went on a journey to find the answer for myself. I started by remembering when I was a little girl playing for hours in my mom’s kitchen. I always enjoyed organizing and adding things up. Then I’d switch gears to play school with mountains of stuffed animals while teaching from the assignments I’d write. These memories revealed two things for me: my love for administration and teaching and my creative process.
Today I watched one of the most fascinating episodes of Oprah where she interviewed singer/songwriter Lady Gaga. In the interview Oprah asks about her Born This Way Foundation, career, and creative process. As I listened to Lady Gaga’s response I was inspired by two things.
To be creative, you need to know what frees you up to bring out the creative genius in you.
Lady Gaga mentioned that you need to, “cancel out the noise” so that you can be your creative self. I can relate to this process of pulling away. When I was creating my e-course, “How to Create Good Financial Habits and Position Your Business to Prosper”, unplugging from the busyness of business is what I had to do. So I limited the emails, turned off social media, and went on hiatus from events with family and friends. It is how I allow the creative spirit that comes from God to flow unhindered through me. As a result I not only found the inspiration for big ideas but the message that I was being led to deliver became undoubtedly clear.
Lady Gaga also shared the importance of having role models when developing your boldness.
I thought it powerful that she once imagined one of her mentors, singer/actress Whitney Houston, singing the lyrics to one of her songs. What an awesome concept! This gives a totally new meaning to having role models in life. The lesson here is not to become less of who you are, but to see, believe and achieve who you want to be. Instead you can piggyback on the traits of women that you would like to emulate. When you imagine that the same phenomenal character that your mentors have is inside of you, it changes your perception of what is possible. That is the part of the creative process when you become a stronger, more confident, and unstoppable version of you.
At the end of the interview, Oprah asks the question, “What do you really want the world to know about you?” To that I imagined giving Oprah my response. Here is what I would say:
“I want the world to know that I care about enterprising women who are looked at as the underdog. My mission, this assignment that I am so passionate about, is to be a mentor and advocate for female entrepreneurs who daily dig in their high heels but still miss out because they do not have adequate finances.
Takeaways from the Lady Gaga interview:
- Connect to your spark and fan the flames
- Understand what makes you most creative
- Find a way to express your gifts to the world
The episode of Oprah interviewing Lady Gaga was excellent! One of the best that I have seen on OWN’s #SuperSoulSunday. I could watch this episode over and over again (and I probably will)!
So let’s hear it…
Have you connected with your passion? How do you express your creativity? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.