Well, this has been quite the crazy week. Financial markets are all over the place. Volatility oversees. Just a general unrest in the air. It is certainly enough to cause an individual to grow weary. In spite of all of this though, there are definitely some good things happening in the world as well; and I would like to take a moment and tell you about my latest finds.
You see, I love to give my kids advise. Just plain honest, uninhibited, cut to the truth guidance ~ the way I see it. From my perspective; if nothing else, at least I can share with them what I do know (the good, the bad and the ugly) and hopefully they will take a little bit of it to heart. One of the things that they have heard me say a lot is “To surround yourself with the brightest and most talented people who you can find and you will go far”. I say this in part because I believe 100% in their own God-given abilities; but, I also believe that the crowd you hang around with has a tremendous impact on the outcome of your pursuits. Over the past couple of months, there are two organizations that I have joined which represent this class of professionalism in my industry that I think you would want to hear about.
Let me first tell you about Design Collective. One of the truly unique attributes of this organization is the way that it is structured. You may have heard of Capella Kincheloe. She is a designer, blogger, genuine influencer and one of the original co-founders of the organization. What I am initially drawn to about the group though is that it is viewed as an entity in which everyone has an ownership stake in it. More so than most industry organizations that I have been a part of. The members there are committed and dedicated professionals who strive to be at the top their fields. You will find interior designers, architects, artists, builders, vendors and other design professionals who absolutely strive to be the best that they can be. Through this dedication and a collaborative approach to help others succeed, I believe that you will find a fair number of their members emerge as the rising stars in the design arena. Not to mention, they have some pretty fun outings. This past week we went to Andrew T. Crawford Ironworks. Talk about a cool facility. This guy is a sculptor extraordinaire and he can make things out of metal that will just blow your mind.
The other group that I am extremely excited about is the ICA&A. The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. I had a good friend recommend this organization to me and the more that I looked into it, the more I couldn’t help but want to be a part of it. The membership stretches from design enthusiast (like myself), to top-notch builders, designers and architects. I would have to say that these are the folks who literally shape the residential architectural landscape of Atlanta. Through membership, not only do you have the opportunity to network with some of the brightest individuals in the industry, but, you can also take advantage of tremendous educational opportunities, visit state of the art facilities or go on walking tours of fascinating places of interest around Atlanta. Some of the most recent tours have included a behind the scenes exploration of Underground Atlanta, a personal trip through Serenbe led by founder Steve Nygren, and a guided tour of Notable Historic Estates around Buckhead as presented by Norman Askins, Laura Depree and Jonathan LaCrosse. The first event that I attended with the group was a tour of a Limestone and dimensional stone fabrication facility, called Cutting Edge Stone, which was led by Jon Berndsen. Fantastic afternoon.
There are a couple of things that I would like to leave you with as they relate to this post. Just some things that I have learned while going through this economic downturn. The first would be to stick to your passion. Too often, people will try to adjust their approach, their offering or their “work” in order to become more attractive to a larger customer base. I believe in the opposite. I think that now is the time to be courageous, steadfast and committed to the place that you want to go. Be Authentic. Be Transparent. And Be Bold. The world longs for people who are true to their nature. So, let your passion shine through and opportunities will eventually attract themselves to you. Secondly, regardless of your industry, I would strongly encourage you to seek out the Best of the Best in your chosen field. Hang out with these folks. It is amazing how much you can learn from people by simply stepping into the conversation.
Life is short, there’s not a lot of money to be made by anyone…so you might as well do what you Love. Go where you want to go.
Thx to both Design Collective and ICA&A, I am truly honored to be a part of each of these organizations.
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