I had the day all planned out. We arrived at Sea World right on time, all thirteen of us. First we could watch the dolphins, then ride our first roller coaster, then later in the day at 5:00pm sharp, the whale show. Everything was going perfectly…until the rain came.
Ten minutes into the whale show, the skies darkened and then opened with a vengeance. The radar showed that the rain would not let up for hours. The show was cancelled and the day, it seemed, was ruined.
Have you ever had a great idea? I mean a really really great idea? Did you turn it into reality? The odds are that the idea is still just that…an idea. In today’s episode we are going to talk about how to Get your Ideas Out of Your head and Into the World.
In today’s episode, our guest and I talk about:
- The “Inventional Cycle” – what is it? and why is it important?
- The importance of being entrepreneurial.
- How to foster creativity and invention.
- The importance of imagination.
- What happens to imagination as we get older?
Do you remember when you always won? When your imagination allowed you to experience the thrill of victory over and over again? The greatest gift you can give anyone, including yourself, is the opportunity and encouragement to imagine great things.
When I was a kid, I always won. I don’t mean that literally, but in my imagination it was always the bottom of the ninth inning. The World Series was always on the line. And I always hit the game-winning home run.
In basketball, I must have hit tens of thousands of game winning shots in my mind. There were always five seconds left…
“5…4…3…2…1…the shot is off…and it’s GOOD! The crowd goes wild!”
If a real basketball was involved and I missed, I was always fouled. I always had a chance to win.
As I grew older, I played golf. Every day, I faced putts to win the U.S. Open or the Masters. Sometimes on the practice green, sometimes in my apartment or dorm room, but most often in my mind.
Do you remember when you were a child and you played “make believe?”
You were a spy, a doctor, an astronaut, or perhaps an athlete. You took on the persona of whoever you were pretending to be. You talked like a spy would, you thought like a doctor, you did the things that kind of person would do.
In other words, you acted “as if.”
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The dictionary defines “make believe” as:
pretending that what is not real is real
Kids have the most amazing imaginations. I am experiencing this with our daughter now. Aracelli is 3 1/2 years old and she was talking to my mother this week. She told my mom all sorts of amazing tales of adventure, of dogs flying airplanes, chasing the deer through the woods, and doing all sorts of wild and exciting things.
What an imagination!
The greatest gift you can give anyone is the opportunity and encouragement to imagine great things.
When I was a kid, in my imagination it was always the bottom of the ninth inning. The bases were always loaded. There were always two outs. We were always down by three runs.
And we always won! I always hit that home run!
I was always the player and commentator. In basketball, I could always here the voice saying to the millions of fans watching:
Down by one…six seconds left…McWilliams drives right…drives left…3…2…1…the shot is off…and it’s GOOD! It’s GOOD! The crowd goes wild.
We always won! I always made the shot.
If I was really shooting and I missed, I was always fouled. I always had a chance to win.