Write that book.
Start that movement.
Compose that music.
Design that look.
Make that move.
Develop that app.
Pen that poem.
Dance that dance.
Quit stalling. The clock is ticking. You may delay, but time will not.
Today, a great idea is worth more to you than at any time in recorded history.
Why? Because you no longer need lots of money or anyone’s permission, for your idea to become massively successful!
Thanks to the Internet, the financial cost of sharing an idea is close to zero. If your idea is useful enough it can spread and reach hundreds, thousands or millions of people. The key is to have an idea worth sharing, which a section of the population will want to know about and talk about.
Your idea can be a book, a product, a start-up business, a music track or anything else. Gone are the days when you needed a publisher, recording contract or a huge pre-launch advertising budget. Today, you just need to create a compelling idea. Previously, you needed an editor, producer or media owner etc, to believe in you and back you. Your idea needed their permission, in order to fly.
That barrier is not there any more.
You don’t need to be well-connected, when you have an idea that’s spreading like crazy. With that kind of momentum, you not only attract people who want to share your idea, you also attract the attention of people who want to get involved and give you their backing.
The rewards for developing your creative thinking skills have never been greater. Right now, there are hundreds of millions of people, eagerly waiting for you to give them something, which is worth sharing and talking about.
Make your product, service, company or blog etc, worth sharing and that’s exactly what people will do: Share it!
The vast majority of your competitors don’t get it.
They waste their time with average ideas that people show little interest in. They want the short cut, the dummies guide, the trick. They wonder why few new people read their work, share their ideas or talk about them… and assume it must be some tactic they are missing. They remain blind to the fact that it’s their idea that’s broken.
This site is for people like you, who are smarter than that.
So, do great work. Tell your friends. Put it where people can see it. Make it easy to share. Then, watch what happens.
You need to be really careful about the limitations you place on yourself. This brief article explains why.
I’d like to start by asking you a question:
When was the last time you consciously thought about, what’s really possible for you?
One of the reasons children are so creative, is that they are open to all possibilities. We all start off that way. Then, as we grow up, we apply various filters to our thinking, as we determine what is and is not possible for us. The challenge, is that we often get it wrong. This causes us to wrongly remove possibilities from our decision making and creative thinking, which unnecessarily restricts us.
Imagine Bob tried to play the guitar when he was 12 and found it extremely hard, then quit. He then decides he can’t play the guitar and being a guitarist gets added to the list of things that are not possible for him. Now, Bob also discovered as a kid, that he couldn’t fly like superman, after he tried to take flight, Superman style, when jumping from a tree.
Bob’s flying like Superman experience was filtered as not possible, based on fact. His guitar experience was filtered as not possible, based on fiction. If Bob really wanted to play guitar, with the right tuition and a tuned guitar, he would get there and play to a lesser or greater degree. With enough practice, he could then become very good.
Just like Bob, we too make similar, incorrect decisions on what is and is not possible for us.
In 2002, I decided to rethink what was and was not possible for me. I had a successful, traditional marketing business in London, England. My challenge was that I was passionate about working in marketing, but wanted to move with my wife, to live in the countryside, where there were few potential clients. My initial thought was this isn’t possible, I need to be where my clients are. As I didn’t want to waste hours each day travelling, it seemed I was destined to stay in London and put my dream of a home in the countryside on ice for 30 years, until I retired. UNLESS I found another way.
So, my challenge was to find an alternative way to deliver my services and run a viable business. I decided to embrace the technology available 10 years ago, and deliver my services remotely. It worked. Beautifully. Instead of working with people in my local area, I had clients worldwide and still do today. Within 12 months, I was living in my dream home, working fewer hours, running an extremely successful international marketing business and earning more than I used to when I was in London.
Still today, I know people who say they would love to relocate as I did, but that it’s just not possible.
Take time out today to rethink your own possibilities.
In particular, examine the stories you have told yourself, which may have wrongly removed possibilities from your treasure chest of options.
Here’s something to remember, the next time someone criticises your art or work.
Andy Warhol’s signature work, Campbell’s Soup Cans, hangs on the walls of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. It’s their most prized possession.
They were gifted the art by Warhol’s friend Irving Blum, paying him just $15MILLION for it — that was 10% of it’s $150MILLION valuation. It’s worth even more today!
Compare that, with the rejection letter that same museum sent Andy Warhol, when he offered one of is artworks to the museum for free. See below:
Dear Mr. Warhol,
Last week our Committee on the Museum Collections held its first meeting of the fall season and had a chance to study your drawing entitled Shoe which you so generously offered as a gift to the Museum.
I regret that I must report to you that the Committee decided, after careful consideration, that they ought not to accept it for our Collection.
Let me explain that because of our severely limited gallery and storage space we must turn down many gifts offered, since we feel it is not fair to accept as a gift a work which may be shown only infrequently.
Nevertheless, the Committee has asked me to pass on to you their thanks for your generous expression of interest in our Collection.
Alfred H. Barr, Jr
Director of the Museum Collections
P.S. The drawing may be picked up from the Museum at your convenience.
The letter has been confirmed by MOMA to be authentic.
Andy Warhol’s art was just as amazing when The Museum of Modern Art asked him to take it away, as it was when they were prepared to pay millions for it. What changed was public perception of Warhol’s work. That shift happened because he kept creating amazing work. He carried on, regardless of the rejection and abuse. Eventually, others were able to see what Warhol knew all along.
Had Warhol allowed the rejection to stop him from creating, the world would have been robbed of one of its most influential artists.
Not only is rejection to be expected, it’s almost always what happens when people produce great art.
In other words, the rejection that so many artists fear, is an inevitable part of creating great work. When there’s no rejection and no criticism, it means your art is predictable. It means you’re colouring between the lines.
Never let rejection or criticism stand between you and your art. If you believe in what you’re doing, do it. If YOU see the value of your work, keep on creating.
Never, ever allow the opinion of another, to stop you from creating your art.
Image credit: Museum of Modern Art.