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Choosing Between Should and Must | AgilityThink #13

Choosing Between Should and Must | AgilityThink #13
By Marti Konstant • Issue #13 • View online
In this edition:
  1. At the Crossroads of Should and Must
  2. How to Create Your Personal Brand in 5 Steps
  3. How to Find More Time for Your Side Projects
  4. Grace Bonney on Design, Evolution and Serendipity
  5. Is This New Study the Final Nail for Open-Plan Offices?
  6. Why You Should Have a Catastrophe Journal
  7. Inspire. Be Inspired.
On April 8, 2014, Elle Luna, painter, writer, and textile artist wrote an article on Medium that went viral.
It is called The Crossroads of Should and Must and has since become the title of her book and personal manifesto.
In a span of a few weeks, she had over quarter of a million views and it had been tweeted out to over 5 million people.
The beauty of this phrase—besides striking a chord of supreme relevance—is its simple meaning.
In her words,
“This is a story about two roads — Should and Must. It’s a pep talk for anyone who’s chosen Should for far too long — months, years, maybe a lifetime — and feels like it’s about time they gave Must a shot.”
Should is what you think you are supposed to do. What everyone else expects and wants you to do.
Must is your heart’s desire. It’s what you can’t not do (with caveats of course).
  • Only if you had the time
  • Only if you had the money
  • Only if people won’t judge you for pursuing a dream
Spoiler Alert: There will never be a perfect time to follow what you must do.
But you can do it anyway.
That is what side projects are for.
You don’t have to risk your current job by walking away without a safety net, unless of course you are able to do that.
If you are seeking permission for what you must do, give it to yourself!

As always, here’s what you can expect from this nifty newsletter:
  • Lessons learned, personal and professional – that’s the opener
  • Link to weekly post about career development, the workplace, personal branding tips, research ideas, or agility content – authored by moi!
  • Occasional “something to think about” visual images, expressions and quotes that catch my eye
  • Links to roundup articles about life, tech, design, careers, or trends from around the universe
  • You will receive in your inbox on Thursdays 
How to Create Your Personal Brand in 5 Steps
How to Find More Time for Your Side Projects
Grace Bonney on Design, Evolution and Serendipity
Will This New Study Reverse the Trend for Open-Plan Offices?
Why You Should Have a Catastrophe Journal
Inspire. Be inspired. —Hugh MacLeod
Hugh MacLeod, founder of Gaping Void Culture Design Group, creates cartoons about life and business.
These simple yet powerful words encourage all of us to be part of the creative process.
As Hugh states, we are all born creative.
Where do you derive your inspiration? Who inspires you?
And how do you inspire others?
Enjoy,
Marti
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