Yesterday I talked about boosting your creative juices by forcing yourself to think like a child. My intent is to get you to think more freely… and not worry that your idea or creation is too dumb to pursue.
Today, I would like to tell you about a report from one of the world's great newspapers, The New York Times.
On April 30, 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt stood before 200,000 people in Flushing Meadows, Queens to open the '39 World's Fair.
One of the exhibits at the World's Fair showcased something called a television. And, Roosevelt's speech was broadcast to the few hundred TV sets that existed in New York City in 1939.
Here is what the New York Times thought about that:
"Television will never be a serious competitor to radio. . . . People must sit and keep their eyes glued on a screen. The average American family does not have time for it."
Hmmm … I hope that reporter got fired, but probably not because at the time, television was new and strange and not broadly accepted. So, the people who created the television were (at first) essentially scorned by "great thinkers."
Here's one of my favorite quotes from a German philosopher named Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860):
"All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
Think your idea or creation might be "dumb"? Maybe that's a good thing!
Jim Randel is the founder and author of The Skinny On book series, condensed explanations of important life skills. Randel's books are currently best sellers in China - three of his e-books in the top 100 best-selling e-books in China. One of Randel’s books is The Skinny on Creativity.