It’s been a very hectic Holiday season and we have been working like crazy! So I finally have a little downtime before preparing to launch our first educational DVD set on drawing cars in a few weeks! I wanted to start off by bringing up an interesting topic about drawing cars and how it can help reinvent yourself. It’s an odd connection indeed but bare with me.
How do you keep on top of your game or try to excel above and beyond your expectations? Competition is stiff….whether you are a student or a professional. In todays world, you must constantly try to make yourself a valuable player…especially in the automotive field. So how do you start creating that “value” to not only your employer but more importantly, yourself. It really doesn’t matter whether you are a student or a professional. Creating value and self worth works across the board at any age.
Some students have ambitions to excel in their particular field of expertise. Once they graduate, they work for a company and try to increase their knowledge on the subject matter that they love. In essence, they seek to build their confidence in the working environment putting to practice what they have learned from college and learning from their colleagues at work.
So what does this have to do with how to draw cars? Well…how to draw cars in this case is just a metaphor to building your knowledge base and exercising your brain to do something difficult. On the Driven Mavens blog, we have architects, designers, engineers, drawing hobbyists, students, etc…that have a desire to improve a part of themselves that was either left dormant or were afraid to act on their passion. Believe it or not, drawing cars, or doing something that you are intimidated about or fearful of, helps to build your confidence!
So why is any of this important? Well confidence helps you to believe in yourself. Sometimes it is necessary for you to go above and beyond and redefine who you are. I have 4 steps that will help you to either redefine or reinvent yourself which will in turn help you to influence others!
1. Knowledge -> 2. Confidence ->3. Empowerment ->4. Influence -> Change!
First step is to acquire knowledge. Knowledge helps to keep you informed and builds depth to your ideas and work. Building your knowledge base can help you improve your understanding of how things work and function. Without it, leaves you with a sort of ignorance that can prevent your ideas from reaching their unrealized potential. The more you know the better off you are. However, you have to have intellectual curiosity so to speak. You have to essentially want to learn new material constantly.
Second step is to build your confidence. The more knowledge you have the more confident it makes you. Nothing better than feeling that you have a strong grasp of a particular subject matter or several subjects. To be able to talk about a certain subject because you have researched it so well will build your confidence ten fold! All you have to do is take an interest, read, and be curious. Being confident in yourself and your work is crucial for your success. It’s hard to excel at something and continue marching forward if you constantly think you suck! However…avoid overconfidence…no one likes working with a “know it all” jerk.
Third step is to empower yourself. Confidence will eventually lead to empowerment! The more confident you become as a result of acquiring knowledge over the years, the better equipped you are at making key decisions in your life and goals for the future. This confidence helps you to utilize the strengths within you and EMPOWER you to act! That is totally juice!
Fourth step is to be influential. You can’t have an impact without having some influence. With empowerment comes influence. The more confident you are with what you know and how you present the information to others, leaves you with the ability to influence others! Seriously….this is so cool! To be able to influence others due to your own drive, passion, and expertise in your area, is nothing short of utter coolness! If others can see the passion in you, they feel better about you…as long as you don’t sound like the Sham Wow dude!
At the end of the day, you will ultimately hope that your hard work and dedication, has some impact. Maybe you designed a product that made someone’s life a little easier…or you created this sweet illustration that created some emotional response from a viewer. Perhaps you quite simply “changed” yourself for the better and became what you envisioned yourself to be.
The overall message here is to do anything in your power to help improve yourself from every perspective; to expose your mind to subjects that are difficult to comprehend but have a hunger and thirst to tackle and learn. If you are an engineer, learn something new about Industrial Design. If you are a designer, try to learn something new about engineering. That is the key to creating VALUE for yourself and build your self confidence. Even something that seems as disconnected as drawing cars, somehow finds its connection in the overall scheme of building your knowledge because it helps you to appreciate and respect the very discipline of drawing.
Remember …again…. Knowledge -> Confidence ->Empowerment ->Influence -> Change!
Catch you next time!