Idea Almanac

“You are at your mother-in-law’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, and what a sumptuous spread she has put on the table for you! The turkey is roasted to a golden brown; the stuffing is homemade and exactly the way you like it … The festivities continue into the late afternoon. Gazing fondly across the table at your mother-in-law, you rise to your feet and pull out your wallet. “Mom, for all the love you’ve put into this, how much do I owe you?” you say sincerely. As silence descends on the gathering, you wave a handful of bills. “Do you think three hundred dollars will do it? No, wait, I should give you four hundred!”

Excerpt From: Dan Ariely. “Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition.”

Idea Almanac

“Creativity is at the heart of every stupid idea. In fact, it would be safe to say that more often than not, creativity and stupid are interchangeable. Stupid ideas come from a very powerful, creative space within our hearts and minds. The natural tendency is to recoil from these ideas, because everything inherent to that kind of creativity requires breaking away from the norm, going against the grain, and leaning into risk and fear. To many people, great creativity is just not worth the risk (or the discomfort)—particularly not within the firmly established culture of an organization as a whole.”

Excerpt From: Norton, Richie. “The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret.”

Book Review

There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.