I spend a lot of my waking hours talking to myself. I don’t know when it started [yes I do] but regardless of how I try to change my behavior, I just can’t seem to stop having these “conversations” with myself. Don’t worry, I don’t actually believe that there two of me because if there was, I would have the other me typing this post up while I watch TV or design T-Shirts. No, I have conversations with myself because I am always trying to figure out what I don’t know.
Question: How do you know what you don’t know?
The only one way to answer this question is to ask yourself some more questions.
As an architectural service provider who engages in esoteric pursuits, I am constantly judged by people who don’t know why they like something and have no means to convey the basis for their judgment. That’s okay, I get it (I think) and I knew what I was getting myself into when I decided to be an architect. Most of us are familiar with the phrase “better, faster or cheaper … you can have any two of those three.” I live in this world so I reallllly get it. I also get slammed from other architects who are unhappy that they have either been unemployed or under-employed for years now. I get that too … I don’t like it but I understand it. Somewhere along the line, during one of the conversations I had with myself, I decided that I was going to take the high road and stop judging others for their priorities, that’s not my business.
It seems like I am on my soapbox … maybe I am. I told myself several years ago that I was going to endeavor to have a positive attitude about things.
Spend the day checking window shop drawings? Yay!
How about field measuring an abandoned grocery store in the middle of summer? Awesome!
Sit through 6 hours of meetings with code consultants and Planning and Zoning officials? More please.
Don’t underestimate the power of a positive attitude. It is amazing how easy it will become your permanent attitude.