[box options]Today’s guest post is by producer Jason Mundok from the Wood Stove House. WSH produces creative projects such as house concerts, theater events, and a weekly performing arts podcast called Around the Wood Stove. You can also find Wood Stove House on Twitter.[/box]
I had a big birthday last year. I turned 40 in September. I’ve always been a milestone guy when it comes to birthdays, but not in a big party or expensive trip kind of way; more in the introspective and reflective kind of way. A few months before that birthday I had a few life changing experiences and made a few very important realizations.
I’ll save those stories for another post, but the result was significant soul searching, deep conversations with close friends, and finally a decision to leave my very comfortable, very well paid, and very uninspiring I.T. management job to start a business focused on the performing arts.
Now, I had been a part-time or hobbyist musician all of my life, but over the years I developed a real passion for creating environments in which other artists could thrive. At the time these environments included house concerts and a podcast that featured interviews with artists. Then we began dabbling in experimental theater and developing ideas for creative educational events.
Half a year after my official change I can honestly say that the transition was absolutely the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, and without question the most rewarding. The business is still in its infancy and 2012 continues to be a year of trial and error. But we’re doing it. My partners and I are working hard, refining, experimenting, testing, and moving forward. I’m still working in I.T., but now I’m a part-time independent consultant and I actually enjoy it again.
Throughout this transition I read a lot of inspiring books and blogs, like the one you’re reading now. They have all helped me significantly. I’d like to share the three most important takeaways from these resources. These are the ideas I will continue to live by into the future.
- If you want to live a passionate and inspired life, surround yourself with others who are already doing it. And let go of relationships with those who have the opposite effect, no matter what!
- Life requires balance. It’s extremely important to work hard and give 110%, but it’s equally important to leave space for play and rest.
- The absolute number one path to success is to blow people away. If what you’re doing isn’t blowing people away, it’s your responsibility to tweak it until it does.
[box options]Jason’s passion is infectious. Can you feel it? I like his last statement: “if what you’re doing isn’t blowing people away, it’s your responsibility to tweak it until it does.” How are you making that happen with your creativity?[/box]