How do you practice freedom in your daily life? How can you use the concept of freedom to pursue happiness, fulfillment or a better organization for your visitors (clients)?
To clarify my thoughts on freedom I dug through Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations to see how history views the concept. The index noted things like freedom of action, thought and expression. We know our foundation is interwoven in the concept of freedom; of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What does it mean to someone like Nelson Mandela? He said, “I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken away from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.” Or Marquis de Custine a Russian in 1839 who said, “Whoever has really seen Russia will find himself content to live anywhere else. It is always good to know that a society exists where no happiness is possible because, by a law of nature, man cannot be happy unless free.”
I believe freedom is a set of responsibilities. It is not to be taken for granted. There are burdens. Exhibits done at Gettysburg and other war museums underscore it was obtained with a great sum. There is no free lunch.
You are in the humanity business bringing happiness to your visitors. This is a great responsibility. What can you do to more creatively reach your customers? Since inaction does nothing, take action. Start by asking yourself the right questions. “Asking questions that focus our efforts and energy on what we can do makes us significantly more effective, not to mention less frustrated and happier.” ~ John G. Miller, QBQ The Question Behind the Question
You have the FREEDOM to create, ask these question:
- How can I do more with less staff?
- How can I achieve more with the resources I already have? How can I succeed within the box?
- What can I do to make a difference?
- What can I do to adapt to the changing world of visitor center organizations?
- How can I come up with ten new ideas every day?
- What can you stop doing?
- How can I collaborate with others to achieve more?
- How can I produce better results?
Go practice your freedom and create!
“Through discipline comes freedom.” ~ Aristotle