Got an idea?
“Waitaminute, Khatz: you’re handsome, not clairvoyant, how do you know it’ll work?”
Because I just know, OK? It’ll work.
And even if doesn’t work…it’ll work.
- Has crazy ideas, and
- Actually acts on them
And that kind of person always makes it work somehow, someway, somewhere, sometime. Eventually. That kind of person is actually quite rare. Everyone’s born this way — insane. But between the ages of 6 and 23, most people undergo a process of social conditioning that rather violently beats their self-efficacy (and thus any chance that they would trust and act on any of their own ideas) out of them. And just to make sure they don’t grow some Spanish eggs on the sly, there are refresher courses given from ages 23 through ∞.
Ralph “Where’s” Waldo Emerson knew this:
A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within…Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good-humored inflexibility…when the whole cry of voices is on the other side. Else, to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another.
So try that new card format. Try writing with your left hand. Try only allowing yourself to text in English if you use katakana. Try your idea out. Because I know you had that idea before me. But now you’re listening to me give it back it you. And nobody wants that.