“When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap!” – Cynthia Heimel
At first thought, nearly all of us would find Cynthia’s proposition ridiculous. But excluding the few situations in which this would be bad advice, such as a funeral, Cynthia’s advice is rather remarkably insightful. All too often we worry so much about what other’s think and say about us that we tend to not take risks at all. We pass up wonderful opportunities to grow and change, to become something new, simply to save face.
We should all aspire to face our fears and conquer them, for creativity is not fostered in a safe environment. Creativity demands that we try the new and different, or else it is just copying others. I heard about someone from the hockey league who started selling novelty hockey stick putters and made decent money doing so. And I heard of another woman who marketed, and now sells holiday hand sanitizer called “Santa-tizer,” that comes in a little Santa Claus bottle.
Just think… if men did not have the silly idea that they could fly like the birds, then we may still not have airplanes. Modern medicine, transplants, cell phones, computers–it is because others where willing to think outside the box, that a lot of positive and beneficial things exist for us today. I have found that some of my most creative ideas have come after I have said or done something almost ridiculous.
Often times in life we must go against the grain, brave outside of our comfort zone, so that we may open up and allow ourselves to feel something that cannot be felt in our normal ways of life. Be open to all possibilities.
Allow yourself to be a little silly once in a while, let loose a bit and enjoy life.
Questions to consider:
Why is the safe and comfortable so darned attractive to us?
When do you normally have your most creative thoughts and ideas? Is there a pattern to when they show up?
How might we allow ourselves to do some silly things for a while, without fearing what others may say or think about us?
For further thought:
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” – Mary Lou Cook