As 2022 is right on the horizon, I’m busier than ever. And chances are, so are you! Ending a year is a milestone moment, but to get there we are often in a rushed frenzy and end up leaving no space for rest. In fact, there is a term psychologists have coined to define this particular time – “End Of Year Burnout,”
Happy 2018, Innovators!
We couldn’t be more excited for this new year and the growth and lessons it will bring! We wrapped up 2017 with our #InnovStory campaign in celebration of InnovatorsBox’s two year anniversary. It was a great way to highlight the incredible stories of entrepreneurs and innovators. It was important for us to show that creativity and innovation happen across all industries – tech, education, non-profit, media, government, medicine, law, and more.
As someone who travels regularly (I made over 18 trips in 2017), I have noticed how some trips leave a more lasting impact on you than the others. The 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (#GES2017) at Hyderabad, India this past week was certainly one of the top transformative trips I’ve made in 2017. I’m now back in Washington, DC, surprised by how much I’ve learned, been challenged, energized, and changed in five mere days of traveling. And in reflection, I wanted to take the time to share some of the lessons I have learned as we continue to celebrate and understand the global entrepreneurship movement.
Let me give this one straight – as someone who writes, web designs, and does digital marketing for a living, I thought I was a pretty creative life-form. And one day, as I was floating through the void in my own little creative bubble, I got acquainted with Monica Kang (OK – maybe I reached out to her), and got to learn about the very special work she does in her company, InnovatorsBox®. The pleasure was all mine as Monica invited me to participate in Creative Jump. Then, I realized two things about myself:
When you hear so much about a conference such as South by Southwest (SXSW) before your first trip, you start to wonder: How much of all the hype is true? Is this going to be worth my time? Is this worth anyone’s time? Why in the world do thousands of people around the world keep showing up for 30 years? What should I expect to get out of it? What questions am I not asking?
What Made You Want To Go Into The Nonprofit/Social Purpose Sector?
It all started when I felt stuck, despite having my dream career. I was working in nuclear nonproliferation but the lack of creativity in my job had made me risk-averse. I couldn’t remember the last time I created something on my own because I wanted to.
It wasn’t until I integrated creativity into my daily routine that things changed. My productivity skyrocketed, I got promoted and I was able to share new insights and perspectives with top clients.