ANNA PENG

I Turn 23

If I could say one thing today, it’d be this:

It’s not about the gifts, or the compliments, or admiration, or the need for acceptance. All I need is to know is whether or not I feel creatively fulfilled, and if I can help somebody else feel that way too.


Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. It’s been a great day of “thank you’s”, and I mean every ounce of the phrase.

Thank you (: 



Leading

Somebody has to do the work of connecting people together.

Somebody has to do the work of making sure things go wrong less often.

Somebody has to keep the doors open and the show running.

And somebody has to make sure they’re showing up on the radars of new customers.


We can’t have one person do it all so we have to delegate the work.

The only thing is, is that not every organization is as organized as they wish to be.

And speaking from personal experience, family businesses are no exception. Just because you’re family doesn’t make it a great team.

A culture of good teamwork is hard to create.


However, just because it’s challenging doesn’t make it impossible. Even a family household or a flat with roommates requires teamwork for upkeep.


The person in charge doesn’t have to be the loudest, or hold the most seniority, or even have the most authoritarian-like qualities.


Because if you’re willing to make the work about somebody else, if you’re willing to use your emotional energy towards something bigger than just you, then you’re willing to lead.


Hands on Deck

The first step to digital writing is putting our hands on the keyboard. If we aren’t able to do that, then the piece won’t get written because the input (our fingers) won’t be present.

The tool doesn’t have a mind of it’s own.

Fortunately, it’s easy to put our hands on the keyboard.

The immediate next step is to type something.

And it can be absolutely anything, because you haven’t hit any “Share” buttons. Nobody knows. Nobody can see. There’s no risk involved, no egos being hurt.

The first step is easy.

If you want to write, you’ve got to put your hands on the keyboard.

The same thing applies to any other creative practice.


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