Monday, July 30, 2007
The media just broke a "BIG" story about how hanging out with obese friends can lead you to obesity as well. I guess when people hang together we can't help rubbing off on one another -- or rubbing butts, if the elevator is below average size. So, I made a connection other than the fanny kind ...
Hanging out with people who have BIG IDEAS also rubs off on you. You will tend to have BIG IDEAS more frequently AND the more frequently you hang out with them. SO, find your BIG IDEA tribe if you desire to be more creative and more innovative. I found them BIG time at Leo Burnett and The Players Workshop of Second City and the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI). BUT (and that's a BIG BUTT, in case you want to know) often BIG thinkers are disguised as actuaries, cab drivers, clergy, waitresses, bartenders, children, book & sewing club cohorts, your bowling team, even animals -- My dog Shamus was no fool and we all know, neither was Flipper. -- So think BIG and look and listen to all around you for BIG IDEAS manifesting.
And the deliberate effort to go to places where BIG thinkers tend to hang -- theater, book signings, poetry slams, college campuses, MENSA, conferences, volunteer agencies, seminars and John Prine concerts won't hurt either. Maybe even take a notebook as Gregg would say and write all your new BIG IDEAS and new Big Idea friends names down. No big deal for the REALLY BIG difference it could make in your life.