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Great Ideas Just Cl!ck

Due to work deadlines, I don’t have a post for you today. So I want to introduce you to a fantastic short film instead.

If you can’t see the video, click here to watch it on YouTube.

I love this film because it illustrates a basic creative truth. Great ideas only come after someone has put all the other bricks into the lightbulb. You have to work hard (and fail!) first, then the ‘ah ha’ moment comes.

I’ve recently read the first chapter of Scott Berkun’s book The Myths of Innovation in which he likens the eureka moments to putting together a jigsaw puzzle. The last piece yields the exhilaration of finally solving the problem, but it’s due to the time you spent putting together all the other pieces. The only thing which made that piece special was that it happened to be the last one to fall into place. If you did the puzzle all over again, then it could be a different piece which was the last to slot into place. Therefore the last ‘click’, while thrilling and life changing, can only happen when you’ve put all the effort in beforehand.

So the question is, how far along is your lightbulb/jigsaw puzzle?  If you’re not at ‘ah ha’ point yet, keep adding pieces. Sooner or later you’ll get there.

Do you have any comments about this short film? I’d love to hear them. 🙂