THE SUPERSTAR AGENDA IS THE ARTIST’S AGENDA

The word “superstar” evokes a very specific emotion. We know it when we hear it. And we can immediately recall people that we know who are superstars. Perhaps these are work colleagues, family members, or some public figures. But what does being a superstar actually mean? Is it fame? Fortune? Both? The Superstar Agenda conceptualizes the meaning of superstar around creative self-actualization and productivity. Superstars exhibit an amplified individuality due to resonance between their natural creative expression, what they do on a daily basis, and their environments. This algorithm is The Superstar Agenda.

The first order of resonance is between an individual’s natural creative predisposition and his work or craft (“micro-resonance”); and, the second order of resonance happens when broader environmental factors are added to the equation (“macro-resonance”). The Superstar Agenda first raises a reader’s awareness of what natural creative expression is and what that means for the activities the reader should be performing on a daily basis. In order to truly accomplish micro-resonance, an individual must first understand how he or she prefers to inherently create as an artist (or as is the actual case, multiple artists in one). Do you like to create with your hands in 3D? Do you like to create through movements with your body in the way a dancer would? Do you prefer to work with words and weave them into oral narratives? Every person has a multiple artistic modes or channels that she gravitates towards. Often though, we don’t give ourselves the freedom to actually think of ourselves as being inherently creative (or inherently artistic). Once we accept that we are inherently artistic and creative, the next step is to give ourselves even more freedom and accept that we are multiple artists in one. The key artistic modes that we gravitate towards combine to form our idiosyncratic natural creative expression. Natural creative expression is our individualized preference to create.

Once someone understands her natural creative expression, the next step is to know what that means for the role she should be engaging in on a daily basis. The emphasis here is not job titles but rather the actions that a person would be executing on a daily basis. It is the answer to the question, “how do you spend your time?” Synchronicity between natural creative expression and the daily activities in a role results in elevated effectiveness, fulfillment, and performance that is recognized as generally top notch. But you’re not a superstar yet. To unlock your amplified individuality, you need to be in an environment that amplifies your creative attributes and daily activities. Environmental factors include the actual physical layout of the spaces that we inhabit on a regular basis, the attributes of culture carriers in organizations and social systems, and the interpersonal interactions throughout the course of work.

Finally, The Superstar Agenda addresses ancillary but crucial factors that are integral to attaining and maintaining complete resonance. The reader will learn to avoid “resonance disaster”: the phenomenon that happens when one is surrounded by people who are too similar to you and don’t offer sufficient checks and balances. Resonance disaster is why glasses break when soundwaves are applied at the right frequency but for too long. The reader will learn to work through “growing pains” that may not be a sign of discord but that are typical in certain roles and industries (e.g., there may be a requisite period of getting up to speed on the technical aspects at a new job). And what about family, sex, drugs, and religion? Personal relationships and social factors play a crucial role in advancing or stifling creative self-actualization.

Ultimately, mastering Your Superstar Agenda lies at the heart of resonance between your natural creative expression, what you do on a daily basis, and the environment that you inhabit.

 

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