This is my tribute of an unaccredited image that spread like wildfire on the internet way back in 2005… and yet I still have not forgotten it. It’s simple, it’s funny, and even though the teacher may not enjoy the same degree of laughter, in some strange way, it’s still, literally speaking, a correct response.
Too many people still view the world as ‘flat.’ They think in very limited, 2-dimensional terms.This is a shame, because it limits what is possible. To experience more you have to believe more exists.
If Christopher Columbus believed what the experts told him (“Young man, the world is flat. Sailing far to sea is a death wish!”) then he never would have left the shoreline and certainly never would have stumbled upon North America – a voyage and discovery that ironically completely changed human’s ‘perception’ of our world.
Many times the ideas we have today can have an immediate impact on our personal lives and countless others, but there is no insurance that guarantees a valuable idea today will have the same value tomorrow.
In fact, ideas are a ‘dime a dozen’ – they even multiply as they are applied. But an idea stored away from the world is worthless.
While writing a speech several years ago and reflecting on my entrepreneurial endeavors I noticed something interesting… Not one of my businesses began with a cliché spurt of inspiration. They were birthed as a result of my frustrations and willingness to create a solution.
The rush of inspiration is fun, fast, and extremely powerful, but a BIG mistake too many could-be Mavericks make is waiting to be swept up by a Hollywood injection of divine inspiration. And wait they do.
Budding entrepreneurs often underestimate the power of converting feelings of desperation into fuel for new action. Not satisfied with a product, service, market void, or comment someone made about you? Do something about it.
I’ll even be so bold to say that I believe inspiration is fleeting. Desperation makes for a much better long-term fuel if you have a clear goal in mind.
But whether it be inspiration or desperation, I just hope you’ll jump on board and light the rocket. Your life – and the world – will be better for it.
Being a linchpin means being an integral part of what it takes to accomplish an objective. Without a linchpin involved in the process things start to fall apart. As a result, they are irreplaceable, invaluable, and indispensable.
But being a linchpin means much more than having only the ability to execute with passion. Yes, executors are important, and often rare, but not usually irreplaceable. A linchpin, on the other hand, brings an amalgamation of skills that introduce purpose to action, inspiration to intimidating goals, and coherence to a confusing landscape of variables.
Where these various traits intersect is where linchpins reside. And it’s the overlapping of these traits that generates exponential and invaluable results.
Craving to creatively express myself in early 2011, I drew this image late one January night. Truth be told, it’s the very first image that inspired the new Maxims4Mavericks as a ‘visually nutritious’ blog.
I hope this image shows that originality can be simple. Expressing yourself, your desires, and your talents need not be a complicated process. Sometimes the journey of becoming a better version of yourself simply begins by looking in a new direction with a new pair of eyes. But whatever direction you look, be sure it’s your own. Creativity flourishes when the primary obligation we embrace is seeking to be oneself.
It’s amazing how clever we can be when dreaming up justifications to delay action, but eventually, life goes full circle. And we either reap the rewards or get bitten in the butt. The people who remain the most productive and fulfilled are those who tighten the loop; those who shorten the circuit between necessary action and follow-through. What have you been delaying? Now is a good time to get around to it. Image code: GETAROUND2IT
Mavericks are not necessarily the most knowledgeable or the most intelligent, but rather, the most resourceful. “Hoping for more” is a waste of time and “having it all” is often a curse disguised as a blessing. Constraints encourage creativity for the truly committed as they provide the impetus to take one more look, ask one more question, and try one more approach. Simply put, constraints make complacency a non-option.
Some sandcastles boast an impressive existence spanning several days. Others do not. Why the difference? The short answer: A passion to create something awesome. +The enduring sandcastles shared an obvious commonality: They were apparent displays of deliberate effort and attention to detail. They were transformations of sand to art – and most people had no desire to destroy them. In fact, people gladly changed the course of their beachfront strut to avoid spoiling the frail creations. Others stood by in admiration and signaled their friends to take a closer look.
Should everyone start a business? Maybe not. Should everyone think and act like an entrepreneur? Absolutely. It’s not even a question of ‘should.’ it’s a must. This image is the theme of this century. Successful people are always their own CEO… they need not own their own business, but they are in charge of their own life. They don’t wait for others to direct their life. It means educating oneself, taking pride in performance, taking initiative, and taking responsibility.
A picture is… many things, but most importantly it’s a single icon that can represent so many ideas, concepts, beliefs, and messages in one glance. Look even closer and even more is revealed. Images give the viewer enough information to present an theme, without pigeon holing the message. They are suggestive, but ultimately, the viewer is able to take the message or lesson they most need to hear — and that message may be different for each viewer.
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