The following is part of a new series called "The Dispatch" >> bi-weekly thoughts and observations on a life of intentional creativity. For past posts, click on "The Dispatch" (above)
After getting back in town last night, Sarah and I hit up “Eat Street Social" for cocktails.
As I was sipping their house take on an ‘Old Fashioned’ I realized it had a depth to it that I’d been missing in my Old Fashioned I’d been making at home and was curious about how they made it.
I know that asking about a specific house special it is typically seen in the cocktail scene as the equivalent to asking a restaurant for the recipe to their secret house sauce but I asked anyway.
Dan (our bartender) immediately turned around and walked away without saying a word…
“Shit... just another instance where my questions are annoying people.”
Five seconds later, he returned with a pen and paper and proceeded to write down THE ENTIRE recipe for me, explaining each step as he went, including tips on what he thinks people typically do wrong when they’re making a simple syrup.
After thanking him, he simply said, “No prob. knowledge is meant to be shared.”
I couldn’t help but wonder… how many times in the past I’ve tried to hold onto my ‘trade secrets’ in fear that I may lose my advantage over other people in my creative field.
I wonder if that subconsciously cements a mindset of “scarcity” in how I interact with the universe.
I wonder what would happen if I viewed my knowledge and creativity this week like a never ending flow that’s meant to benefit every one.
I wonder what would happen to an entire community of artists, musicians, creators and entrepreneurs if we all committed to living more generous with the knowledge we uncover.
At the very least…
We’d all be drinking better cocktails.