I was recently chatting with a friend and fellow entrepreneur whose business (that he built for 10 years) didn’t succeed. We were discussing some of the things that helped us deal with the fact that our businesses had failed and one of the interesting experiences we both had was that we found solace in doing things that used our creativity. His was cooking and rebuilding an old car and mine was refurbishing/repurposing furniture. We dug into why this was so cathartic for both of us and here is what we found:
- We were the only ones working on our respective projects so we didn’t have to ask anyone else for their input or wait for their decision. That was empowering.
- Being able to complete something felt amazing.
- The dramatic before and after was really gratifying… businesses often take years to build and we often forget how much we have done, how far we have come, etc…
- Doing something for ourselves, not for business was a welcome change… when you have a startup, you spend almost all of your time and energy on your business – you have to.
- Taking something ugly and making it beautiful again gave us a sense of pride.
- Learning something new was really energizing. This, I believe, is good for anyone… never stop learning, never stop trying new things.
- Lastly (and hugely important), being really good at something really helped our confidence.
So if you find yourself in a rut, are recovering from a setback or failure, or just feel that there is a void in your life, find something creative you can do.
After-all, creativity is at the core of all entrepreneurs… we are business artists.