Be One With Your Work


I’ve been playing with drawing in relation to work happiness. I’ve found that there are parts of me hidden within a pencil that don’t come out on the keyboard. I’ve been messing with this medium on and off for about 12 years, but in the last year I’ve really been enjoying myself.

I drew this piece when I felt really frustrated after trying to write a blog post. In my head the concept sounded brilliant then it came out of me like a big blob of stink. I was frustrated and wanted to punch my screen.

You better not say that this cartoon character looks like me or I’ll…

I’m not sure what I will do, but you won’t like it.

Okay, now that I finally got the courage to post this…

What do you think?

Should I post more of my drawings?

Or should I just keep them to myself?

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As most of you know I talk a lot about fear because it holds us back from our true potential. Colleen over at Communicatrix has a wonderful post calledΒ The rewards lie just beyond the fear. Go check it out.

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Image courtesy of me

14 thoughts on “Be One With Your Work”

  1. Nah, it reminds me more of Butthead (or is it Beavis?). I love that you posted it, and think the fact that you can draw is awesome. I think that makes you some sort of superhero — you can write, talk on camera and draw. The trifecta!
    Be well, Karl!

  2. Hi Karl!
    YES! Post them! I have a feeling there is an artist in your trying to squeeze out thru that pencil! Go with it – don’t fight it and don’t doubt yourself! Just do it! Many writers I know (including myself) work with both art AND writing. You may be surprised how they blend – lending a new dimension to both mediums. I’ll be your biggest cheerleader and supporter! Do it! πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Karl,

    Thanks for sharing your drawing with us. It really does convey the level of frustration you were feeling with yourself about not being able to translate your idea into what you thought was a good blog post. Seems like maybe the inner critic was working overtime and needed to be sent on a long walk. As I’m quite sure that putting one’s fist through the monitor was not quite what you had in mind as being “one with your work”,I hope we’ll get to read about your thoughts on this topic at some point. Then again, I’d say your drawing and the frustration you were feeling with the quality of the post you were trying to write is very instructive on the question of the healthiest way of “being one with one’s work”.

  4. I’m a fan of finding your best medium. If your pictures help you share your points best, I’d leverage that.

    When you have a post that doesn’t hit your mark, consider a couple of options:
    1. let it bake (I have tons of posts baking in the background)
    2. version it (share what you’ve got and do another version down the line)

    I miss the boat all the time. I try again. What helps though is that I keep a simple folder of all of my half-baked posts. I periodically tune and prune them. I ship them when they’re closer (but I don’t wait for perfection.)

  5. Hi Positively Present, Thanks for the encouragement.

    Hi Megan, The trifecta. Never thought of it that way. Good perspective.

    Hi Hadeel, Anytime I make someone smile I consider it a win.

    Hi Tess, What! You better take that back. He looks nothing like me. πŸ˜‰

    Hi Suzen, It’s good to work with our ability to communicate in different mediums. It’s much more freeing to work in the cartoon medium because I can express in a more emotional way.

    Hi Lisa, I will. Thanks.

    Hi Sue, I think the title will make a valuable written post. I’ll give it a go.

    Hi Nathan, Go for it.

    Hi J.D., You are always helpful. I appreciate that. I usually am more calm with a bad post, but this one just got the better with me.

    Hi Johanne, Thanks. I know I need to improve, but that’s a big part of working happy. We add a skill here and there and before we know it we add so much value to people’s lives that we can’t stop smiling.

  6. Hi Karl,

    I LOVE the cartoon and more importantly, I love the text that goes along with the cartoon. A person has to be one with their work. That is my philosophy too!

    Please do share more of your drawings with us. You are definitely one talented dude, dude! πŸ™‚

  7. Do what you love to do. Share your ideas to the world. That’s how great men become great, they are never afraid to express their uniqueness. πŸ™‚

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