The value of ideas

Ideas are like… bellybuttons – everyone has them.

I started this process by asking ChatGPT, an AI system, what the value of ideas was. Here’s what it said:

Ideas can have a great deal of value, as they can lead to the development of new products, processes, or ways of thinking that can have significant impact. Ideas can also be valuable in more intangible ways, as they can inspire people and drive change. However, it’s important to note that not all ideas are valuable or worth pursuing. It takes time, effort, and resources to determine the value of an idea and to determine if it is worth pursuing.

Sure I agree with the above. It came from an artificial intelligence system, after all. That’s as good as finding almost anything else on the Internet…

But in reality, yes, ideas CAN be valuable – but ONLY if something is done with them. Existing in your mind, or a notebook, vacuum, index cards, Word document, etc., they live in limbo. It’s only when executed, built upon, shared, or patented that potential turns to real value. It takes action to breathe life into them. Otherwise, they have zero value. An idea not acted upon is a “woulda, coulda, shoulda.” Great fodder for stories but so what?

I’ll share a zillion-dollar idea with you: donuts that help you lose weight. Left in my notebooks, it’s worth zero. I don’t know how to execute it; it’s still just an idea. It’ll still be worth zero until someone can make them (and make them tasty). Perhaps YOU’LL be the one to bring it to reality – and if so, I expect a lifetime supply!

So get out there and come up with ideas, but even better, make them real. Do great things. Help people lose weight with donuts or…

How do you classify yourself?

Like it or not, we live in a world of labels. And then there are the labels others apply to us as well as those we apply to ourselves. Obviously, the most important ones are the self-imposed ones. The question is, are you using them as limitations or as invitations to something greater?

Suffice it to say that your perception of yourself is far more important than that of what others see you as. Yes, we may rely on others for employment or the need to feel appreciated, but at the end of the day, you are the driver of your life. How do you want to live it?

So, getting back to labels, where on the creative spectrum are you? And don’t tell me that you’re not. We’ll dig deeper into the concept that everyone is creative in another blog post.

Are you a writer, tattoo artist, dancer, cook, designer, engineer, actor, painter, woodworker, architect, musician, sculptor, metal worker, floral arranger, poet, inventor, illustrator, cartoonist, singer, baker, craftsperson, website builder filmmaker, dreamer, storyteller, computer programmer, mime, voiceover artist, or…?

Is this a job, a hobby, a curiosity, or…?

Do you do this full-time or as inspiration strikes?

Can you check off more than one of these things?

Does any of this matter? Of course not! Mix and match all of these! Do what you want, when and where you want it. There is no reason to fall into any prescriptive mode. All that does is satisfy the people who can’t see beyond their own limits.

Your ability doesn’t matter as long as you’re doing it. Proficiency improves with experience.

Be bold, be creative, and be what YOU want to be. Wear ALL the labels proudly. And in doing so, I’m sure you’ll have a creative way of doing so.

A fresh start (even though it’s just another day)

It’s that time of year again – a new year has arrived, and with it comes the opportunity to set goals and start fresh. For many people, this means resolving to get in shape, save money, or make other positive changes in their lives. But what about tapping into your creativity? Why not make this the year that you nurture your creative side and embark on a journey of creative expansion?

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Set aside dedicated time for creative pursuits. It can be easy to let life get in the way and neglect our creative endeavors. To make sure you’re able to progress, set aside specific times each week to work on your projects. This could be as simple as an hour on Sunday mornings or 30 minutes each evening before bed.
  2. Experiment with different mediums. Trying new things is a great way to spark creativity and find what works for you. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try experiment with a new form of creativity, whether it’s painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, writing, or something else entirely.
  3. Find a community of like-minded people. Surrounding yourself with others who are also interested in creative thinking can be incredibly motivating. Consider joining a club or group, taking a class, or simply connecting with other artists or thinkers online.
  4. Take breaks and allow yourself to relax. Creativity doesn’t always come easily, and sometimes, we need to take a break to let our minds rest. Ensure you set aside time to relax and recharge, whether it’s through meditation, exercise, or simply enjoying some downtime.
  5. Appreciate what you’ve done. The beauty of creating is that what you produce hasn’t been made before. Sometimes it’s good; sometimes, it’s… not as good. That doesn’t matter. What matters is showing up and being in the creative game. Everything happens in its time!

Starting off the new year with an intentional journey of creativity can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only will it allow you to exercise your right brain, but it can also help you relax and de-stress. Make 2023 the year that you embrace the creative journey, and you’ll be amazed when you look back in 12 months! It truly is a case of the journey being the destination!

It’s been a while…

Okay, it’s been six years since the last post.

So… how’ve you been? Anything new?

There’s a ton of creativity and thinking about creativity in my life these days, so let’s see about keeping this thing going. In true management form, I’ll put part of the onus on you, dear reader, and ask for ideas, suggestions, comments, and donuts – the stuff that makes a good blog great!

Happy 2023! Let’s rock!

You Just Never Know

An awesome part of the creative journey is: “you just never know.”

Random things can happen that can lead to inspiration – or sales – and you’re best served by always being open and prepared to accept them. Be in the moment.

More on mindfulness down the road. Anyway, back to our show…

I’ve always been a fan of, “you just never know.”

When I was in Junior High School, our 8th grade social studies class went on a weekend field trip from Long Island to Williamsburg, Virginia, to learn about colonial life. Or at least that was the excuse used to let us go.

On the ride down, the wire on some kid’s braces broke, causing a bit of a stir on the bus, not to mention discomfort for the kid. We were on a highway and there was no way this was going to be dealt with until we got back.

As one of the teachers escorting us went up and down the aisle of the bus, I stopped him, reached into my carry on bag and pulled out a pair of wire cutters, which I suggested he use to cut the offending wire until a trip to the orthodontist the following week. 

The look I received was priceless and when I was questioned why I was carrying wire cutters on this trip, the answer that seemed best at the time (factoring in self-preservation) was: “You just never know.” Yeah, good thing he didn’t go through he rest of my bag. But I digress… (again). 

Net-net, calm was restored and the trip went on.

Fast forward to this week and I am traveling with my kids on a road trip through Texas and we stumbled on a tour that was going on at a museum in Austin. The kids tagged along as the guide was giving a detailed but engaging explanation of the exhibits. We followed them for the better part of an hour and a half. Towards the end, I thanked the guide and his wife and found out that they provided much of the exhibit material and were giving the tour to friends of theirs, but appreciated our attention and participation. We crashed a group of friends going through the museum!

After a few minutes of chit-chat, we exchanged business cards. Imagine my surprise when my phone rang a little while later with an invitation to dinner and to see more materials that didn’t make the museum. We all shared a great meal and spent the most wonderful time at their home!

In the morning we were strangers, linked only by the randomness of being in the same place at the same time. By nighttime we parted as friends, with plans to see each other again. I am hoping to have their exhibit come here, to Kansas City. A great story!

You just never know.

So… What are you doing to promote “you just never know” in your life? In your creative endeavors? Are you carrying the means to capture ideas? Are you actively engaging with people who have expressed interest in your work? Do you have well designed business cards handy, to pass out to people that you meet? Does the story you tell about what and why you do what you do engage and flow? Would you be interested if someone else told it to you?

When opportunities do come, are you taking advantage of them? Why not?

Like the Boy Scout motto says, “Be Prepared.”

Be prepared for the unexpected. Be prepared to be great!

You just never know.

To Accomplish List

The Journey Begins with the First Step

Okay, so we’ve determined this is the year to be / continue on our creative journeys.


So, what’s it going to be, boy?

Make your list of goals. This is not a hokey list of New Years resolutions (that rarely get done).

This is your guide. Your business plan. This is what your creative life depends on.

You know you can’t hit a target unless you see it. And you can’t aim at it if you don’t know what it looks like.

Here’s your chance to lay out the year ahead. It’s okay to be bold. Be audacious. Shoot for the stars.

Be aggressive. Get it down there. The list can be tidied up later. The important thing is to quantify what you want to have happen. It’s like the old saw, “Plan your work then work your plan.”

Let’s get that plan out there. Let’s have enough stuff to keep ourselves interested and challenged thought the remainder of 2017. We’ll have plenty of time to think about what happens beyond that, but the journey is ready to get going and YOU better be there!

I have plans for numerous creative endeavors including being aggressive in my writing and voiceover work. And I’ve had a tendency to want to make sure that I keep up my art but it often falls by the wayside. There’s now no escape. I’ve got my plans. Now I need to work them. And you know what? This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Some icebergs sink ships. Others chill a martini to perfection. You know what it is I’m looking forward to!

What are you doing next? Show that iceberg who’s boss!

Art supplies

Happy New Year

It’s been a busy few days wrapping up 2016 and preparing for the New Year. Now that 2017 is closing in on a full day old and most of the detritus from last night’s celebrations have been cleaned up, it’s time to jump back into the realities of life.

So… What are you going to be creating this year? What are your plans to do what hasn’t been done before? Are you going to share it with the world? Why or why not?

Today starts a new sketch book and you’ve got all the proverbial art supplies at your disposal. Time to get going!

Write. Paint. Dance. Sing. Create.

Let’s all look back at 2017 and marvel at how creatively fulfilling it was. And while we’re at it, a little financial success as a result of our creative work work wouldn’t be a bad thing, either.

The beauty of this space is that it’s far from a zero-sum game. Let’s ALL get the fulfillment we desire and have a heck of a fun time doing so.

Ugh – just found more chips on the floor to clean.

Talk later…

Let’s rock!

Starting a blog is like starting on a new notebook, sketchbook, fresh whiteboard, etc.  It can be intimidating.  There’s so much possible and the toughest part is the first step.  Wow!  Getting heavy in the first paragraph.  Hope I can keep this up.


Like starting on any trip, the worst part is the waiting around till you leave.  The worrying that something may be missing.  The road should be the only thing waiting!


The solution is always – GET GOING!  And so with little fanfare to get us on our way, here’s the inaugural post of ABCD!  Remarkably, it didn’t hurt me that much.  I hope that you are not the worse for wear, either.  In fact, if things go the way I hope, we’ll all be in a better place, soon enough!   Fasten your seatbelts.  Seats and tray tables in the upright and locked position.


More later.


No, we’re not there yet!