Give a child a shovel on the beach and he will create a dream castle. Give an adult a shovel and he will most likely store it in the garage. Millions of ideas have been stuffed into garages, attics, drawers, or abandoned in corners. All because we are afraid to take risks, to give our ideas real hearts and voices.
What risk is there in sharing ideas? Many, you say, theft, betrayal, ridicule, doubt? Oh yes, and let’s not forget jealousy and ego. As Albert Einstein said,
Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Careful! Idea Hatching! Protect your idea. Nurture it, grow it and strengthen its shell, layer upon layer. But make sure it gets sunshine, has many friends, and takes risks.
There is only one idea like yours.
The only bad idea is the one that is never given a voice!
Take a walk on the “Wild Right Side
Access both sides of the brain – unlock your fears of being a little “wild.”
- Put a lid on the left side that is always telling you, “Be careful, do not take professional risks, don’t share your ideas or someone will take them.”
- Live your creative life on the right side of the brain. Prompt the creative energy with color, words, and an open attitude. Recapture the childhood creator.
Invite only creative teachers and other wild child friends into your memory banks. Dare to become an organized visionary who thinks “With no creative boundaries!”
Speak Up. No Criticism Allowed! Creative Genius at Work – yes – YOU!
- Believe in your idea – At the age of fourteen Filo T. Farnsworth saw the idea for electronic television in the parallel lines of his father’s potato field in Idaho. He battled with David Sarnoff of RCA until the bitter end. Sarnoff became rich and Farnsworth won only the title of “The father of television.” But while watching Neil Armstrong step on the moon, he said, “it was all worthwhile.”
- Play with your idea – a better football, NERF balls, play dough, slime, all came from playing with an idea. The more they kicked it around and played with it the bigger the idea grew.
- Give your idea a heart – J.K. Rowling envisioned Harry Potter for a long time before she sat at a table and took up a pen.
- Bring your idea to life – teach your idea to sing and dance – Jim Henson created Kermit while home with the flu. He was inspired by his mother’s old green coat. He got the scissors, added a tennis ball, and Kermit was born!
- Love the process – Stephen Spielberg said,” I dream for a living.”
- Surround yourself with inspiration – Quotes, color, words. Every idea has color, texture, and strategy. Colors like Red, Blue, Yellow, Orange and Green energize the creative soul.
- Every new idea is a great one. The only bad idea is the one that stays in your heart and head. Bill Gates – We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.
Taking a risk on your idea, giving it a voice, may be scary, but it will never be realized if you keep it silent. Let that Wild Child run free!
Connie Timpson/Extraordinary-Leaders Copyright June 3, 2013