I went to a unique competition last night.
My brother-in-law Barry—a successful and seasoned aerospace engineer in his mid-50’s—entered a sports talk show contest, “Kickstart Your Career” with the Ump Sports Radio.
And he made the top 10.
So last night nine men and one woman took two minutes on stage to give us their best “Sports Update” broadcast. The judges critiqued; we audience members voted. Two people will be cut each week. This Friday we’ll find out the top 8 who will compete next week.
Here’s a 20 second clip:
The lone winner at the end of the contest will be the new host of his/her own sports talk show one morning each week.
But as I listened to each contestant, I struggled to compare them. One had great delivery, but another had better content. One made me laugh, but another kept me totally engaged.
Maybe I’m not supposed to compare?
I’m focusing this month on not comparing. For my One Word “Welcome” this year, June’s challenge is to let go of comparing and welcome creating instead.
Brene Brown in The Gifts of Imperfection says,
“For most of us, letting go of comparison is something that requires constant awareness. It’s so easy to take our eyes off our path to check out what others are doing and if they’re ahead or behind us.”
We all know how bad we can feel when we measure ourselves by others.
Instead, let’s celebrate our originality.
Brown suggests we do this through being creative.
“The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of our creativity.”
And lest we think we are not one of those creative people, Brown says this,
“’I’m not very creative’ doesn’t work. There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t.”
I saw Barry use his creativity last night when he gave his sport update.
And when the last contestant had finished, I realized this: it was far more about creativity in each of them than about comparison.
Sure, the judges will compare within limits to choose a winner.
But the winner will be the one who makes a unique contribution to the art of broadcasting, one who stands out, not a cookie-cutter announcer who is just like others already on the air.
Will Barry win the contest? In many ways, I think he already has. He’s sharing unique parts of himself with us through his originality with words and knowledge.
The next time we’re tempted to compare, let’s create something, too.
“When I make creating a priority, everything in my life works better.”
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Do you consider yourself a creative person? What have you already created this week? Please share in the comments.
(And I’m not just bragging on my brother-in-law because he bought my dinner last night. He’s really good at what he does.)
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