Yes, you could say we addressed this last week with our mission statement; however, why we are doing this is a bigger question…
‘Why’ doesn’t just make for a big question, it makes for an important one. Check out this post to see why.
As to the ‘why’ we’re talking about this week…
Generally the people we work with, and the people we want to work with, are talented people who are growing in their skills. They are growing in both their skill level, and in their skill set. This means they have put a lot of time and effort into the things they do. In general we hope for rewards from what we do, but monetary rewards can take a long time to amount to anything significant. So, why do we do what we do?
When I say there is no one answer to this, it is literally because every individual has his or her own answer that is as unique as she/he is.
For myself the editor/publisher side of why I do what I do grew out of need. I wanted to tell stories and I had to learn the editing/publishing end in order to improve those stories and share them with others. As I grow in doing these things I find there is a level of joy in making a good story better. It has value because it makes me happy.
The publishing side is also rewarding because I get feedback from other people. As a publisher I get to see the people I work with grow as individuals and I get to see their work, and my own, appreciated by others. I get to share and see the fruits of that sharing.
As a writer/story teller there are many reasons for why I do what I do. The teaching sharing dynamic is still there, but there are other reasons.
Creating stories allows me to explore. It allows me to play with “what if” and “how did that happen” questions. Story telling can also be a way to safely analyze (or hide from) the painful experiences and questions of life, the things that are hard to deal with on their own.
The number of answers to “why do we do this?” is equal the number of people answering (at least). But one common thread is that we find value in what we do. Often we actually enjoy what we do (and when we don’t we do what we need to because it supports something that we do enjoy).
Each of us has our own reasons for doing what we do. I’ve shared some of mine. As for Carl…
Well, why does a dragon do anything?
The rest of you? Why do you do what you do? Feel free to answer in the comments.
Thanks for reading (and responding).
See you next week.