Guest pass vs. Full Access (Life)

I was chatting with a friend the other day. She said something (like she always does) that hit me hard!

I mean really hard.

Before I tell you what it was, let me give a bit of context.

Jan Black is a master at helping people locate their core brilliance. She’s helped me make sense of my meandering career and the variety of skills I’ve attained over the years.

What are the patterns, where’s the overlap, what am I here to do?

Nowadays, so many of us are multi-dimensional, multi-disciplinary, multi-passionate, shiny object chasing creative freaks.

Holding it all together, making sound decisions, and not losing your mind is no small feat. You feel me? Or is it just me…?

So Jan and I were chatting about her upcoming project, life, business and all that Jazz when she referenced something profound..

You ever feel like you have a guest pass in life? You’re not an active member, but instead a temporary guest.


Yes. That’s exactly how I feel sometimes!

This really got me thinking.

What does it mean to have a full membership in life?

I don’t think we can put words to what that feels like. You’ve either experienced it or you haven’t.

You have to pay your dues.

Dues are..

  • Caring about the little things
  • Going all in and committing to something you believe in
  • Being curious…like really really curious
  • Socializing and making new friends
  • Reaching out to friends and family
  • Being a person of your word
  • Having deep conversations
  • Taking care of your health
  • Getting uncomfortable
  • Learning new skills
  • Trying new things
  • Helping others
  • Doing the work
  • Taking risks
  • Showing up

Most of these require energy and effort. Some may require you to really force yourself into action…that’s why they are dues.

You can just be a guest and pay the guest fees (far less), but you won’t get to use all the amenities.

You won’t experience much.

Fewer people. Fewer stories. Fewer feelings.

It’s kind of a bland experience.

So I’m curious…are you a member, or just a guest?

Miles’ Core Brilliance

Written for Miles Hanson by Jan Black

I am built to compose.

Yes, compose music, but other things, too.

You could say I create. And I do.

You could say I design. And I do.

You could even say I architect. And I do.

But I like to say I compose.

Composition is my Thing.

It is my Core Brilliance.

It is how I am built to contribute, even love, the world.

My talents support my brilliance as a Composer.

They are in service to it.

Composers can be unique and somewhat mysterious creators.

I’m understanding that what others might describe as me being in my head all the time is actually me doing what I need to do to be who I’m here to be.

Composition is my Thing.

I bring pieces together to form a whole.

A whole lot of good.

In a whole lot of ways.

I am Miles Hanson, Composer of brands, songs, and experiences.

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