- “The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.” – Dee Hock
How does your mental furniture appear?
“We don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.”
(Quote from an HP executive, responding to Apple Computer founders Steve Jobs’ and Steve Wozniak’s attempts to interest the company in the “personal computer” they had designed, 1976.)
Is your “conventional wisdom” holding back your creativity or your personal progress?
I am not talking about abandoning your values. Values hold up the house in which you put your furniture. However, if you are hanging on to old ideas about how to do things or how the world should work, you may be stifling your opportunities for self-expression and success.
If you want to unleash your personal creativity, question everything.
Make sure your mental furniture matches today’s decor. If not, clean it out and make room for new ideas. Read a new magazine or type a strange term into a search engine and read some weird blogs for 20 minutes a day. You’ll maybe surprised what you may find yourself thinking.