A Whirlwind Week!
What a whirlwind of a week! My new book had the first edition come out! It sold out in the first 24 hours! And now the VERY cool thing is people are posting their pictures with it. I still can't believe that it's done, let alone on different continents right now!
Thank you, for supporting this project! My prayer is that it will get into the hands of Strengths coaches and enthusiasts so they can better understand each theme, and how it manifests in their own lives. Each one of those pictures has a back story!
One of my favorite funny ones is Ideation. Before I started sketching, I told the Gallup Certified Strengths Coaches that I had only 2 more sketches to go: Consistency and Ideation. To finish up those themes, I asked if they'd like to be a part of a think-tank so we could brainstorm them as a group before I started thinking about the direction I wanted to take on each one.
But IMMEDIATELY, I had 50 people in my Ideation brainstorming group! They were throwing out ideas left and right! You couldn't even believe it! They shouted out ideas like, "It's like fireworks!" and "It's like a firehose that never shuts off!", "Popcorn!", "A run away train of thought!"... Ideas were BURSTING!
As they gave me ideas, I just started sketching them...furiously! I tried to include them all! But the one that really got me was Florence Hardy's comment, "It's like mushrooms!"
Mushrooms??? OK, you got me stumped there!
"You know, They can appear and pop up in numbers!"
So, of course I had to add add some mushrooms for Florence. The definition of Ideation: "People exceptionally talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated with ideas. They are able to find connection between seemingly disparate phenomena."
Oh, Consistency... I started out working with 3 amazing people who really helped me think deeply about that strength. I struggled with it because it was my #34. And I think it may be one of the favorite ones I drew because I came to appreciate that particular strength more through this process!
Thanks Bob Van Baren, for posting your picture with my book! You were the very first one to receive it in the mail!