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Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: Find a job then find your dream job

May 25, 2015

Sometime during your schooling life, you must have heard of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The needs pyramid says that there are five levels that humans go through, where the bottom layer has to be satisfied in order to move up to the next layer.

This is something I personally experienced recently.

Two months ago, I quit my job to move to another country. It was a big step for me as I had envisioned myself as being unemployed for months on end and living off tuna sandwiches in order to survive.

Less than two weeks after moving to Melbourne, I got myself a job.

When I did not have a job, my full focus was spent on getting one.

Now that I have satisfied what was previously lacking – my need for employment, I can focus on doing what I enjoy – writing on this blog.

The secret to doing your best work or being creative is not from quitting your job to free up spare time but from creating your best work in spite of the lack of time.

Wake up two hours earlier each morning.

Spend less time watching TV shows.

Say ‘No’ to some social events.

Book in time in your calendar each week for creative pursuits.

First get a job that pays for your rent and food, then focus on pursuing what you love to do. Otherwise you will find yourself compromising creativity for money, and then it will just become another job.

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Why you should be creative everyday

March 10, 2015

This is for all the unconventional creatives in the world – the ones that may not be known for the ability to draw or sing or paint, but deep down inside you know you are creative because you are a non-conformist.

I was once too scared to label myself a creative. When a friend asked, “How would you describe yourself?” I uhm-ed and ahh-ed and muttered something like bubbly and carefree.

I had always quietly admired the creative from a distance. But I never thought I could use the word ‘creative’ to describe myself, because I was under the impression that what I did for a living was analytical but not creative.

I was wrong.

It was a matter of perspective. I was merely creative, in an unconventional way.

I may not be able to paint like Picasso or create music like Prince, but I am able to solve problems through thinking outside of the box and new ideas.

The truth is all of us are creative. We were created with the ability to create.

To create is to create value, to create beauty, to make something out of nothing, to connect the dots, to identify patterns.

You can be an engineer who creatively solves problems.

You can be a software developer.

You can be an accountant who in her weekends love to sew.

Creativity is not dictated by your job title. No matter where you are, what you are doing, what stage of life you are at, creativity is possible, but like a muscle, if you don’t exercise it it will atrophy.

We are all creative. What are you going to do about your kind of creative?

Here’s a challenge. Once you know what your creativity is, do it everyday. Repeat it, even when you are fatigued or there is a lack of inspiration. A famous artist was once asked if he creates art when inspiration strikes? He responded, “Yes I create art when inspiration strikes. It just happens that my inspiration strikes me everyday at nine in the morning.”

I was inspired by the 279 days of overnight success manifesto and decided to challenge myself to write everyday.

I also set some guidelines in order to motivate myself when I felt like giving up, my only two guidelines are:

  • I will not write to please others. Instead, I will ask myself, “What do I want to read?” and trust that someone else will want to read the same
  • I will not sleep until I have written 500 words a day. This forces me to write no matter how tired I am and will help me stick to a habit

So far, the challenge has been ongoing for a week.

If you are a creative person looking for meaning in your work and everyday life, this is what you should do. Start with a hobby that you like. Repeat this everyday. Work hard and show your work to the public. Learn to sell yourself. Exercise persistence. Give generously and consistently.

You will find that not every piece of work may be worth sharing with the world. If you work hard enough and create from of your heart, surely at least 50% will be worth sharing. This leaves you with 4 out of 7 articles a week to help you get this going.

I write because I enjoy it.

I write because I cannot not write.

I write because I hope share something that will enlarge someone’s life.

I write because persistence and consistency produces results.

I write because it helps me process your thoughts and emotions.

I write because writing is a creative process, creativity releases endorphins that make me happy and feel more fulfilled.

I write to merely prove to myself that I have what it takes to persist through the dip where most people fail.

I write to gain confidence in my writing.

I am not just targeting writers. I am writing to all the creatives – the songwriters, the illustrators, the make-up artists, the crafty inventor, and the engineer.

I dare you to find your craft and do it everyday, then wait and observe how it changes your life.