One of the most important concepts
I introduced in my first book
Metaphors connect two seemingly unrelated ideas.
In doing so
it can help us discover
new or unexpected insights
into something we were previously unaware.
while I was on tour with my book
I shared the psychological pain and struggle
I experienced in the artistic creative process
with some of the people I met.
To my surprise,
Entrepreneurs resonated more deeply w/ my experience
It turns out
similar psychological/interpersonal pain and struggle
in the process of launching and running their business.
This experience helped me create a metaphor
between the experience of artists
and the experience of entrepreneurs,
which lead to a series of insights,
which is how I ended up coaching entrepreneurs/founders.
I created that metaphor
I used to often say that I don’t understand entrepreneurs.
If I said I do understand,
it was just so I could feel entitled
to say something negative about them.
whenever I say I don’t understand someone
or say I do understand them
just so I can say something negative about them,
I tell myself
that it’s time
A common inner conflict revolves around these two thoughts:
It may seem like these two thoughts cannot be thought by the same person.
Yet they are often thought by the same person at the same time.
That’s why it is an inner conflict.
Our inner conflict often takes the form of a paradox.
When laid out logically, paradoxes will not make sense.
By connecting what may seem like contradictory perspectives through empathy,
we can give birth to what we call creativity.
It is through such act of creation,
that paradoxes dissolve itself,
leaving behind a sense of clarity and understanding.