Creativity Unleashed

I’ve been fascinated by Eric Hoffer’s thoughts on “alibis” — what we would call an excuse.

Hoffer wrote, “There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove our worth anew each day: we have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday. But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything we are fixed, so to speak, for life. Moreover, when we have an alibi for not writing a book, painting a picture, and so on, we have an alibi for not writing the greatest book and not painting the greatest picture. Small wonder that the effort expended and the punishment endured in obtaining a good alibi often exceed the effort and grief requisite for the attainment of a most marked achievement.”

It’s so often stunned me that humans will expend seemingly unlimited strength of mind and creativity to excuse what is often a simple dodge of responsibility. What’s sadder, in the case of many excuses (and that to which Hoffer alludes) we fail others and certainly fail ourselves when we default to offering up a cheap “word of dodging” rather than a what might have been the product of that strength and creativity.

If you know there’s more in you than the average effort, the average process and the average product which have been flowing from your work, shoot us an email or call us. We love to help creative people really succeed!


Feedback: Breakfast of Champions

It was a phrase I heard at Weight Watchers: “The scale isn’t failure, it’s just feedback.”

If you’re on the road to weight loss and have a week or two of making choices which don’t support your goals, “the scale” – that weekly weigh-in at Weight Watchers – might look like something to avoid!

Coaching is all about feedback. Catalyst Coaches offer to clients an encouraging environment in which they can clearly see if  their recent choices moved them closer to their goals or not.

Feedback can be embraced!

Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson said it like this: “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.”