Mood and motivation

Singapore 8th September 2010

Motivation is a one of the keys to success. It is a general statement but certainly applies to the world of lighting designers. When you feel good and motivated you can move mountains. If you feel bad and frustrated every little task seems too much. The result…we become unreasonable to others…I have always taken pride in making sure my staff feels respected, listened too and supported, because that brings the best out of everyone.

 “We are family…” as the song goes, which is very true for the typical small communities that lighting design practices typically are. We all have a life outside work and while work is the bread winner for most families, we have to make sure we find the right balance between the pressures of work and the quality of life, health included!

I am currently dealing with some business issues that frustrate and irritate the hell out of me. Most of all they take the juice out of my creativity and motivation on days when these matters surface or when I have to deal with the people related to them. Most of the time it boils down to issues related to trust, respect and money. I generalize here but when you take of the many layers that envelope these issues I have found that these are often a key part of it. Blaming someone else is neither constructive, nor respectful. Ignoring the matter can be a way but does not really resolve a conflict.

If someone wants to be right, someone else has to be wrong. That is a win-lose situation. What we want is a win-win situation. This can only be achieved by acknowledging each other with trust and respect. You can always agree to disagree, right? But it takes two to tango, so to speak, so both parties need to involve and compromise as needed to be part of the solution. Someone ever told me: “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem!”

Today I am obviously moody as I have not managed to resolve the issues bothering me yet. But this blog is about our daily life as a lighting designer and dealing with “life” in general and moodiness specifically is one of them!

08. September 2010 by Martin Klaasen
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