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Author: Matt Black Ink

There’s more to you in-person than on-paper. While the action verbs and adjectives peppered across your resume and cover letter are definitely your friends, they can only take you so far. What they can’t do is serve as a substitute for an infectious laugh or a big, bright smile. They also don’t capture the passion you have for [insert industry here] or describe how hard you worked to achieve [insert result here]. You tell me, what’s more memorable? Reading about some of your accomplishments or listening to you describe them, showing off your passion for the subject matter at hand? So how come so many people are apprehensive when it comes to “making the first move” and setting up networking meetings? In talking with countless students and young professionals, there's a genuine fear to do so – which I feel stems from a fear of rejection, the dreaded “what if they say no?” The truth is, some will ignore you... no point in sugar-coating that. But, others won't. And it's those others that you really want to capitalize on. Look at it this way: asking a potential employer or professional in the industry you’re exploring to meet over coffee helps humanize you and your candidacy/brand. And the value of building relationships before you ever craft a cover letter or polish your resume can’t be overstated. If you wait until your dream job is posted to reach out, you’re nothing more than a small fish in a vast ocean of candidates. Consider these other benefits that asserting yourself and setting up informal conversations can bring about:

If you manage people in your professional life, you shoulder a heavy load. While it has certainly been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my career to date, it’s also physically, mentally and emotionally taxing in many ways. Whether it’s just a few or a whole boardroom full of people, ensuring your team are performing up to expectations (or above!) with smiles on their faces is no easy feat… and that’s putting it mildly! In a world where research done by Gallup states that a mind-boggling 70% of an employee’s motivation is influenced by his or her Manager, there are some things you just can’t afford to do. But in the same breath, there are behaviours you can model and strategies you can use to ensure that you’re standing out in a positive way. Sure, everybody’s raving about you and your management style… but is it for the right or wrong reasons? Here are the 3 best and worst ways to stand out as a leader:

I settle in and double check that my keyboard still works. *click, click* Is this thing on? Phew, all good. Are the folders I’ve created for Matt Black Ink even on my Desktop anymore? Yep, right where I left them. Will I even remember how to build a new post, source images and share it with my community? Looks like I’ve yet to lose my WordPress touch. After what feels like an eternity, I’m back in the saddle and excited to create new content for clients, my community and maybe most importantly - myself. To attribute my hiatus to “Writer’s Block” would be a weak cop out to the real underlying problem at work here: I simply didn’t believe that I had what it takes. Call that pathetic, call it surprising, maybe it’s a mix of both those things. But I’m sure you’ve been there too. So how did you manage? There’s probably a million different strategies which all depend on the person and the circumstances they face. But I finally realized that the only way to see the forest for the trees is to just do. I recognized that no matter how many books on content marketing and blogs I read, regardless of how many successful writers I spoke with and despite mapping out a diverse and realistic strategy, I wasn’t doing what needed to be done - which was writing. And it was all due to the fact that I didn’t think I was good enough. But here’s why I’m breaking up with self-doubt and urge you to do the same:

Hey, do me a favour and close your Inbox for a sec… Perfect! Next, hold down that ‘Power’ button and turn off your work cell… Awesome, thanks. Now for the love of all things sacred and Holy, please stop sending emails while you’re sitting down for dinner with your family! Sorry for the rant, but you need to know that being a workaholic isn’t cool. It doesn’t make you a better employee or person. It won’t make you a hero in the eyes of your colleagues or, well, anybody really. It isn’t even necessarily a predictor of success! Take it from me – a guy who blurred the lines between his time as an employee and as a son, brother, boyfriend, etc., for over 5 years – until making a career move a few months back: The work is going to be there tomorrow… and the next day… and the day after that. After some time to reflect, let me say this: having a work-life balance is one of the best things you can strive for in the world – and achieving it is entirely in your control. Don’t kid yourself – being addicted to work is a choice. The unfortunate truth is that we prioritize our ever-growing Inboxes and looming deadlines over so many other precious moments too often. The consequences can be life-changing, and in most instances, not for the better. During my time as an office addict, my health suffered, I missed countless family functions, I gained a ton of weight… But it doesn’t have to be this way. And frankly, it shouldn’t be this way. Here are a few unparalleled benefits of disconnecting from the world of work and spending more time with the rest of your life:

Einstein once said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.

If that doesn't sum up the power of creativity, I'm not quite sure what can!

The world is brimming with people who at the root of the word are creators, individuals looking to make their mark on the world using the written/spoken word, music, art, film, technology, dance plus a million and one other mediums to harness and leverage creativity.

Some do so to make a living, others simply seeking an outlet to express themselves.

So what's with humanity's obsession with creativity? Why does being creative have such a firm grasp on our collective psyches and overall human experience?

In my experience, creativity can completely transform a person.

Tapping into creativity can elevate your abilities in the professional world, alleviate stressors in your life with an uncanny healing affect and allow you to tap into your full potential.

If you ask me, you should pursue your creative interests and outlets, whatever they may be.

Here are a few of the benefits you'll experience by making time for creativity: