“The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.” – Charles Dickens
Sometimes happiness can be found in the nuance … or the distinction in thought.
Some people are good at constructing.
Some people are good at creating.
One is not any better than the other.
Both are to be loved.
Both make people happy.
It seems like we too often try to put a higher value on one versus the other <and it depends on your perspective on which you put a higher value>.
Businesses, in particular, seems to try and assess value to each end of the spectrum … swinging back & forth with such force your stomach roils and you want to puke.
I sometimes worry we do the same with kids and what we tell them.
We need both.
And we need people who love construction and creation. And in a utopian business and world … each should love the other.
But we do not have a utopian business world <mostly we eye each other with a certain feeling of disdain … maybe sympathy> … so realistically let’s just say ‘you can do no wrong if you place yourself as close to the enemy as possible.’ <paraphrasing Admiral Nelson for business>
Let’s just say that in a great business environment … the culture can find chemistry in the conflict.
The combination … and friction … is positively powerful. Equal as ‘enemies’ and in value.
For a great idea is meaningless <i.e., less than great> if it never gets constructed let alone of it gets constructed poorly.
As a corollary … a lovingly constructed shitty idea is simply a Potemkin. A movie set. Looks beautiful but empty behind the facade.
And I tend to believe we would love each other <well … okay … certainly respect> if everyone would leave us alone to do so.
If businesses would stop trying to put value on one versus the other.
If parents didn’t always suggest “you need to be realistic”.
Reality is most likely you love to construct or love to create.
Just saying the truth.
I say that and share a wonderful thought along those lines from a young blogger:
“I’d rather pour myself into a world I love and understand than try to make something up out of nothing.” – Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl
It’s not about being a dreamer versus a doer.
It’s not about ‘doing something you are passionate about’.
It’s about pouring yourself into what you are good at … in an environment, a culture, you love <not doing something you love>.
I found a career not DOING something I loved … I found a career where I was IN a world I loved.
Surrounded by smart curious restless people. Some were creators. Some were constructors. But in that world all were smart curious people.
I never had to create something from nothing. I was in a world, a business environment, in which I could simply reach out and grab something wherever I looked.
I imagine I share that because we tend to currently live in a world where we want to define things and people and slot them and say ‘what are you passionate about.’
Maybe we should be discussing <more often> what environment would you love to be in.
Not ‘what do you want to do.’
I know … that is crazy talk.
But I am also the guy who would build a business around a culture and character rather than a 5 year strategic plan.
Now THAT is crazy.