Why Do You Do What You Do; Why Should I Care?

Why Do You Do What You Do; Why Should I Care?

Why do some individuals lead with their creative ideas?

We all get attention for what we do.  To get more attention we’re told to get a plan or a better design: goals, objectives, tactics, a proprietary process, a unique value proposition, distinct messaging, a brand strategy.

Rarely are we asked, “why do you do this thing you do?” What’s more, in our deepest frustration, if we fail to find an answer to why, enthusiasm is lost for how we are doing it, and we risk abandoning what we do altogether.

What’s your purpose, your cause, your belief?  What gets you out of bed in the morning? What we do is clear to others. How we do it is less transparent but the “why”  is fuzzy maybe even invisible.  Yet, according to Simon Sinek, “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

Photographers, musicians, writers make things – creatively wonderful things.  What they make has a style, a voice, and a viewpoint which makes it easier for the creator to ignore the “why”.

The artifacts are deeply connected to the creator’s ego that gets bruised with rejection. Rejection brings focus back on the artifacts; what we make and how we make it – “why” is forgotten in order to focus on the pain of rejection.

Simon Sinek inspired me to add a law to the Permission To Suck Manifesto. In the #1 position it now reads:

1.  Hold on tight to your “why”. Why do you do this thing you do? It is the root of all you create and the power of your inspiration.

Why” is your deepest inside stuff. If you don’t know why you do what you do, how can you expect others to believe in you; why should they care?

Actions without a cause don’t accumulate followers.

Leaders act from the inside “why” and move on to how they do what they do. Mr. Sinek is codifying the passion for creating in a counter intuitive approach. He starts with why and calls his approach the golden circle -  concentrically from the inside out: why > how > what.

People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.

[via TED website]

Why you should listen to him:

Beginning as a student in anthropology, Simon Sinek turned his fascination with people into a career of convincing people to do what inspires them. His earliest work was in advertising, moving on to start Sinek Partners in 2002, but he suddenly lost his passion despite earning solid income. Through his struggle to rediscover his excitement about life and work, he made some profound realizations and began his helping his friends and their friends to find their “why” — at first charging just $100, person by person. Never planning to write a book, he penned Start With Why simply as a way to distribute his message.

Sinek also contributes to several efforts in the non-profit sphere: He works with Count Me In, an organization created to help one million women-run businesses reach a million dollars in revenue by 2012, and serves on the Board of Directors for Danspace Project, which advances art and dance.  He writes and comments regularly for several major publications and teaches a graduate-level class in strategic communications at Columbia University.

“I try to find, celebrate and teach leaders how to build platforms that will inspire others. “

Simon Sinek

Creativity, Innovation, Inspiration, Motivation, Passion

2 Responses to “Why Do You Do What You Do; Why Should I Care?”

  1. Stephen Ineson Says:

    That’s a very interesting proposition!

  2. Stephen Ineson Says:

    Why create stuff? To be famous?
    to luxuriate in that feeling of specialness IF you succeed?
    Of course a lot of ‘successful’ artists feel that they constantly fail so that’s what drives them to be more creative.
    I’m a songwriter and one of the many feelings I felt when my Mother died a couple of years ago
    was “well what’s the point? IF I attain “success”
    who am I going to run to and tell?”
    Then again John Lennon and Paul McCartney
    both had Mother’s who died when they were
    young!


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