A few weeks ago, I conducted a survey of my readers asking just a one question about confidence:
What is your most concerning difficulty related to your self-confidence?
The responses were eye-opening and revealed how significantly low confidence impacts everyone and prevents us from achieving what we want in life. Our self-doubts, lack of assertiveness, and limiting beliefs become so pervasive that we’re paralyzed and can’t take action.
Here are some of the survey answers from my readers: Continue reading
When I first launched BarrieDavenport.com, my goal was to provide a resource for people searching for something more in their lives — something that gives them a reason to get out of bed in the morning — a life passion.
In my work with coaching clients, and through my own personal experience, I’ve learned you can only work for so long pursuing a job or career that doesn’t inspire you.
Eventually, no matter how much money you might be making, you burn out. Your soul begins to wither. Every fiber of your being screams, “There’s got to be more to life than this.” We all want to live passionately, but most people have no idea how to find their passion, much less how to create a job around it.
It’s an awful feeling when you reach the point of realization that the work you’re doing is not the work you want. Most of us have invested years into our careers and are tethered to massive responsibilities and obligations which make it feel impossible to just walk away. Continue reading
When I graduated from college with a degree in English Literature, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.
I knew I didn’t want to teach. I considered going to law school but didn’t relish the idea of going right back to school. So I started scouring the newspaper (the way you found jobs back in the day) for some kind of gainful employment.
One of the first jobs that intrigued me was a “Special Events Coordinator” for a local department store. Although I had no idea what it entailed, it sounded just up my alley. Once I did learn what it involved (setting up promotions, fashion shows, and media relations), I thought it was the perfect job for me.
It involved writing, creativity, and clothes — things my 21-year-old English major self thought were appealing. Over time, I grew into the job and actually did quite well at it. I was promoted and eventually took a PR management job with another chain of department stores. They promoted me to an even bigger PR job in New York, and eventually I created my own PR consultancy. Continue reading
Do you see yourself as creative?
Whether or not you do, you are creative. In fact, everyone has the capacity for creativity, although some of us might not know how to tap into it.
We tend to believe that creativity is a special gift for those born with a unique set of aptitudes, especially artistic abilities. But this belief is just one of the myths about creativity. The truth is, you have everything you need to be wildly creative if you understand how creativity works in practice.
Unlike intelligence, there isn’t a single measure for creativity, but it’s widely accepted that people can be creative in any domain.
Teresa Amabile, a creativity researcher who heads the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School, says that “almost all of the research in this field shows that anyone with normal intelligence is capable of doing some degree of creative work.”
She suggests creativity hinges on a number of things, including your . . . Continue reading