Being original: Easy or Not?Being original is not always easy. It is as author Adam Grant writes:

…taking the road less traveled, championing a set of novel ideas that go against the grain but ultimately make things better.

Our work as music therapists seems to be viewed as either entertainment or an original form of care/treatment. Personally, the idea of my work being an original scares the pants off me though I prefer that to being an entertainer.

Do you find it easy to be an original? Take part in this poll. [yop_poll id=”1″]

Reading “Original: How Non-Conformist Move the World” (affiliate link) has modulated fright to energy. I now see our work as bringing a:

…fresh perspective that enables us to gain new insights into old problems.

Using studies and stories, Grants leads readers on an exploration. Topics include speaking out without being silenced, finding and working with allies, dealing with doubts and fears,  to create a creative work environment, and how parents and teachers can support creativity. The “Actions for Impact” is a wonderful summation for applying key facts shared in the book. Though not a guide for therapy, this book does offer thought-provoking ideas as we advocate for our profession and our clients.

Want to know more about this book? Check out this TedTalk.