We had a few days off recently when family came to visit. As self-employed professionals, this is a rare luxury. It was interesting seeing our city interpreted by another set of eyes. It reminded me of the HSBC bank advertising that we see all the time when traveling. It’s not new but, for me, it still works. It’s the visuals which contrast Good vs. Bad, Boring vs. Exciting, by using the same pictures to represent both. Here’s an interview which talks a bit about that: http://sparksheet.com/banking-on-airports-qa-with-hsbcs-global-advertising-head
We can get complacent when placed in the same environment day after day, to the point where our environment starts to define us. Unless we have external influences interrupting our pattern of thought and behaviour, we things which used to shape us can come to confine us.
I think that’s why working with people who challenge us is so rewarding. Challenge, within a respectful relationship, makes us consider the reasons why we think the way we do. That’s what we try to do with our clients, and we hope that’s one of the many reasons they like us.
Over the last few days I learned to appreciate the breadth of the TTC, the diversity of Kensington Market, the terrific array of food in the St Lawrence Market, and the beauty of Edwards Gardens, right in the middle of a busy city.
Try to find someone who will, gently, push you off your pedestal. It’s worth it!
Steve and Megann