Crowdsourcing Your Future – Brillant Idea
FRIEND AND COLLEAGUES OLD AND NEW: I am planning a major career shift to more creative ventures, but need your help to prioritize my focus. If you know me for any amount of time, please click on this link and take this survey.” This request from a friend appeared on my Facebook Page a couple of days ago. I was fascinated. The writer a long-time business acquaintance is truly multi-talented. A highly accredited professional with a thriving career, he is also a recognized playwright, painter, and commentator. As many of us he is reaching a point in his life when the road ahead is way shorter than the road behind, yet he feels intellectually, artistically, and emotionally on top of his game. The question becomes where to focus your energy when there are so many paths to choose from. When you click on the link you are taken to a SurveyMonkey, survey with the following instructions:
“I am asking for your help. I want to make a major career change; I want to be able to be myself, my own character, and focus on my own creativity. I know it will take me 3-5 years to effect this change, but want to get started on the work now. So I need to decide where to focus my attention. Below is a list of 16 things that I have either done in some form in my past or do fairly well in my present. Whatever I pick is going to require incredible amounts of work to reach my goals. I am not afraid of the work, but I need some help to decide where to put my energies. For almost everything here, I have work-in-progress. So please look at each of these and rank each on a scale of 1-7, where 1 is where you think I should put my full attention and 7 is where I should just forget it. Please do NOT judge these based on whether or not you think I can succeed, that’s my problem not yours. Judge them based on whether they are the best outlets for my creative energy and desire to engage and move people. “
I think this is a brilliant way of creating your future story. Why not ask your world for feedback, ultimately as the writer makes clear he will make his own choices, but what are friends for if they can’t give you a little “friendly advice.” What would you ask your friends if you were crowd sourcing your story? Share here and maybe I’ll help you setup your very own SurveyMonkey Questionnaire.