Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2016 - (Page 51)

tHrOwING MY lOOP the Secret to Creativity h BY MICHael JOHNSON How on earth do we do that? Tap into our creative spirit, I mean? Is it even in there? Most of us would say, "Oh no, I'm not creative at all. Never have been." I think - I know - it's always been in there. Problem is it's a shy thing. If you trust me enough to consider the possibility "it" might be in there, how then might we persuade this shy thing to come out? First, we must protect it. We must make it feel safe to show its face to the world. We have to be careful with our creative spirit. When we dare tell someone a "different idea" we are considering, if that person (almost always someone close to us) demeans our new thought, our creative spirit runs to the bedroom and hides in the closet and we think, "Well, why in the world did I ever say that?" Then we spend the rest of the day berating ourselves. A poor strategy, indeed. We need a "protector." Enter the skilled and sensible mentor. There is a paradox about life. To do anything of value, we must be original and do it ourselves. rural water 51

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2016

From the President
Careers in Rural Water
Water University
Credential from Water U Helps Land the Job
Lessons in Water
Finance: Tracking Down Non-Revenue Water
Technology: GIS and the 5 Ws
Emergency Management: Drought to Flood: Oklahoma
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Four Key Benefits to Incorporating Cellular Technology into Your Utility Management System
The WaterPro Online Community
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2016