I love questions and ask a lot of them. Today’s my turn to answer a few.

I’m taking Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course. Why? I like to learn, enjoy some of his posts, and this course looked interesting. Early on he asks participants some questions and suggested we share our answers. I’m doing so here:

What do you want to do? (Not your job, but your work, now, tomorrow, and in the future)

I want to grow and develop story & play work and write about personal leadership, story, play, presence and related and sundry topics.

Who do I want to change? And how do I want to change them?

I want educators, life long learners and those who want to stand out, stand in and up in their lives to have story and play in their back pockets.

The tools we find and/or create as we develop and build our story and play practices can be used in all kinds of situations, and there is no app to download to use them. They can help us embrace and effect change and communicate with more ease, confidence and playfulness, and live more self-directed and creative lives.

How much risk? (From a 1 [a little] to 10 [bet everything]), how much are you willing to put at stake to make the change you seek?

I couldn’t answer the number question; numbers like this don’t resonate with me for some reason. I’ve learned to trust my process, so I moved on to the second part of the question.

I’m willing to bring my integrity and myself to the table. I’m willing to grow and be vulnerable. I’m willing to play. I’m willing to change and plant seeds for new stories. I’m willing to be a beginner, to be generous and share what I learn.

How much work are you willing to do to get there? Be specific about the tradeoffs.

I’m willing to do what’s needed, and I’m willing to have a life that includes family, friends, community, personal time, my husband, and my imaginary beagle. I’ve been growing this work since 1999. In the last three years or so I’ve been about transitioning my business – I have what it takes.

Does this project matter enough for the risk and the effort you’re putting into it?

Yes! Most people don’t know what in the world I’m talking about when I talk about story and play work – I want to change that. It matters because our personal leadership, how we connect within and with each other, and our relationships matter.

Is it possible — has anyone with your resources ever pulled off anything like this?

I really don’t know, and yes I think it is possible – even more, I think it is worthwhile.

So what answers would you have given for you and your work? And, if you have any questions for me about my answers please ask!

Have a playful day and enjoy the stories,

– Mary

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