Have you visited Gaping Void: Cartoons on the back of business cards? I would be surprised if you hadn't based on the number of Technorati fans the blog has.
I was doing a little research and found an old post which really spoke to me this afternoon: How To Be Creative. It was written three years ago, but the thoughts resonate at any time.
Here are the first ten of 31 ideas on being creative in life, in business, in any aspect of your life:
1. Ignore everybody.
2. The idea doesn't have to be big. It just has to change the world.
3. Put the hours in.
4. If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being "discovered" by some big shot, your plan will probably fail.
5. You are responsible for your own experience.
6. Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.
7. Keep your day job.
8. Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity.
9. Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.
10. The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.
The artist, blogger, visionary, Hugh MacLeod, really makes you think with his perspective on creativity in business. But number two really nailed it on the head and yet put it all so far out of reach: "The idea doesn't have to be big, just change the world."
How many more YouTube, slice bread, Rocket ship ideas are there out there?
Perhaps, as Hugh reminds us, we need to revert to the box of 64 Crayola crayons were we given as a child. (I never did get the big box with the built in sharpener. Even when my own children were small I couldn't bring myself to that extravagance).
If, in fact, there are no more great ideas, there is still the opportunity to share the great ideas we've experienced, with those in our circle who aren't aware of the great idea.
What do you think? Are there great ideas yet to be discovered or just old ideas with a new coat of paint?
Deborah CHaddock Brown
Writing in black and white today