Innerpreneur Spotlight: Adam King
Considered an abnormal person who defies convention simply because it’s convention. I’ve never liked the status quo and have gone to great lengths to avoid taking that path. For some reason that always gets you labeled. I’m not into labels. I’m also a dreamer and a visionary. Dreams fuel passion, and passion should fuel life. I’m also a crazy fool for Japanese culture and very thin shavings from my hand plane.
My passion is for:
…passion!! Living with absolute purpose. Most folks just walk around existing. Existing isn’t living. There’s no reason why we have to deny ourselves peace, tranquility, harmony, joy, and passion. I love helping others find fulfillment in their passions. Especially when I teach the things I’m passionate about. I have found that furniture making is the best medium for not only expressing my passions but for inspiring others to follow theirs as well.
My business can help you to:
Well, aside from the obvious answers such as providing a place for you to store things, or giving you the ability to hold your coffee cup 25 inches in the air, my work is made to cultivate an atmosphere of tranquility and calm. The designs are purposefully gravitating towards simplicity and balance. Therefore each piece acts as a catalyst for harmony and peace within the space it lives. That is the goal, isn’t it? To come home and have it be a haven of rest and absolute comfort is, I believe, what most people hope for. Many fail to see how to achieve it. That’s where I come in.
I make things different each day by:
Sharing. When I finished my training in furniture making my teacher charged me with sharing everything he taught me and sharing everything about myself through my work. I believe in this wholeheartedly. Whether it’s sharing a woodworking technique or sharing a vision through my furniture, if you take the time to solve a problem or offer a new perspective, then you have brought change. If I can share my emotional intent with my furniture, then the owner of the piece will receive that same emotional intent for themselves.
I have lots of ideas about:
What society is missing in their lives simply because they are not aware of its absence. We have disconnected ourselves from the handmade, from things that communicate the emotion of the artist and thereby enhance our environment with those emotions and intentions. If you desire a tranquil house, then surround yourself with objects that offer a tranquil emotional appeal. If you want chaos then keep your home the way it is now and don’t change a thing! We’ve also forgotten the crucial element of living a passionate and meaningful existence. From woodworking to teaching, that’s at the ore of all of those activities. I wouldn’t be doing them if the passion for them and for the people involved wasn’t there. I have a lot of ideas about that!
My advice is:
Do not fear passion. Instead, cultivate it. Respond to it. Follow it. Live it. Be it. Also, seek out what resonates with you deep down. Whether it’s objects of art, a particular activity, or a lifestyle; identify what really strikes a chord and go get it. People tend to avoid what they don’t fully understand. You really end up cheating yourself out of opportunities to enhance your life that way. Identify your passions and live them. Period.
The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.