Jake Kot is is the author of the book An Artistic Guide to Economic Survival, as well as the owner of NeoCreativity. Here is a link to his blog:
Q: What is Neo Creativity about?
A: I started the neoCreativity site (www.neoCreativity.com) when my life moved from being in the arts to focusing more on my writing and my career as a creative consultant, both of these being very natural extensions of my work in the arts. We’re in what’s been tabbed as a “creator economy” and one’s creative talents have never been more in demand, and that’s across the board, not just in the arts. neoCreativty is an educational blog site focused on expanding one’s insight on the adjective creative, the noun creativity, and the techniques involved in the creative process. For most, these are rather abstract concepts, and having a better understanding of what they represent and how important they are in the job force is the thrust of this blog site. What I strive to present are counterintuitive approaches of applying one’s creative talents and explaining how to manifest those unique capabilities. It’s also my home page as a creative consultant.
Q: What inspired you to start your blog?
A: Blogs are a 20th/21st Century avenue of personal expression, and this is why I started both neoCreativity.com and JakeKot.com. The fact that you can present your thoughts (basically in an unregulated format) to anyone who might want to tune into your personal point of view (globally) is truly a phenomenon of our times. Being an author, both blogs represent not only another format in which to communicate, but an interactive one as well. I see discourse as a positive entity and welcome other perspectives, and being a creative consultant is all about the acquisition of multiple new perspectives. The more sharing of ideas, the better.
Q: What is the most common misconception about Idea people?
A: The term “idea people” itself is misleading. It implies that certain people are idea people, and others are not. Nothing could be more wrong. The only difference between someone who is noticeably engaged in the formulation of new ideas and someone that is not is the fact that those people getting noticed “took some kind of action” with their ideas – it’s that simple. We’re all idea people at heart. Walt Disney was known for going to his janitorial staff and welcoming their ideas and viewpoints. Right in line with this point is Tom Edison’s quote that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration – you’ve got to get it out there. I’m also reminded of a great Woody Allen quote that stated 80% of life is just showing up. My greater point here – we’re all idea people that have the opportunity to impact life around us, but if that’s not followed with some kind of action plan, we’re reduced to merely good conversationalists.
Q: Why do you think so many people hate their jobs?
A: That question is seriously attended to in my upcoming book The New 9 to 5 – Turning Your Passion into your Life’s Work. The answer to your question is actually in the title. A lack of passion for what one does is the key element in one’s dislike for their employment status. Steve Jobs said it best – if you’re not passionate about what you do, you won’t stick with it. A more pin-pointed answer to your question would be this: the job is pointless – it does no good for anyone; the work is boring and routine – it provides no challenge; the job is highly stressful. And the interesting part of this is not in all, but in most cases, the amount of money made won’t change one’s feelings on those scenarios.
Q: What makes someone a good “idea person”?
A: Beyond what I stated in question #3, we can consider this. Those that are considered good idea people have prefaced or prequeled their position in two ways. One, their desire to be there was in place, not a hope or a wish, but a keen pulsating desire to do it. Secondly, they’re intrinsically (wanting to do it) motivated rather than extrinsically (having to do it) motivated. Add to that an imaginatively and creatively active person, which any one of us can be with a little push, and you’re there!
Q: What is the worst job you have ever had?
A: For some, this would sound like a dream gig. I was booked on a Caribbean cruise ship for three months as a musician – seven days and nights a week of music. The problem was, it was the ship used in the 60’s TV series, The Love Boat – I was literally “on” the Love Boat. So, seven days a week I had to play what I would consider seriously inane music coupled with playing the Love Boat theme at least four times a day (enough to get any player to jump overboard). As an artist, a death gig, and I think I broke some records for a monthly bar tab.
Q: What is the best job you have ever had?
A: I recently fronted a clinic on “understanding the creative process” to a fairly big audience of artists and non-artists. The joy of watching people “get it” when I articulated what this process truly consists of and how to bring it into their lives was extremely moving.
Q: Why do so many people have blogs?
A: The human species is an interactively driven animal. One’s need to communicate is damn near at the top of everybody’s list, and a blog site gives anybody “in the world” and opportunity to speak out. And in my humble opinion in the last three or four decades here on the third planet from the sun (a great Jimi Hendrix tune by the way), I think we’ve been handed a hell of a lot of speak out on.
Q: What blogs do you follow?
A: Any one that get me THINKING!
Q: What is your book about?
A: As I mentioned in question #4, the title once again is The New 9 to 5 – Turning Your Passion into your Life’s Work, and (sorry for the redundancy) the answer to your question is once again in the title. I’ll just give you a quote out of the book that kind of says it all:
“The alarming fact is statistics show that a very high percentage of the workforce is unhappy or complacent at best with their job, 80% according to Deloitte’s shift index survey, ergo; the morning ritual of starting one’s workday is not necessarily on most peoples A-list of meaningful life activities. Equally alarming is the fact that it’s no accident the general public has been coursed into believing that this work scenario is an inescapable reality…as they say; it’s just the way it is. I’m here to tell you that I perceive
that as nonsense, and you deserve more. The thrust of this text is about seriously challenging that assertion of “the way it is” and providing uncommon insights and structured alternatives to beat living a passionless work life…a way of reconstructing your life within the inimitable corporate beast if need be.”
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