This week is full of inspiration. I decided to write a recap post on all of these good things.
First, I think it is very inspirational to read Sir James Dyson’s (yes, the vacuum cleaner) words on failure via Alltop.
Failure is the end of the creative line for many people, but those who can use the energy of generated by the speed bumps of discouragement and frustration can accomplish truly amazing things. Sir James Dyson of bag-less vacuum cleaner fame is one of those people who use failure to spur the imagination, and had some pretty novel things to say about his 5,126 non-successes to Chuck Salt at Fast Company that should provide some fascinating food for creative thinkers everywhere.
Not all failures lead to solutions, though. How do you fail constructively? We’re taught to do things the right way. But if you want to discover something that other people haven’t, you need to do things the wrong way. Initiate a failure by doing something that’s very silly, unthinkable, naughty, and dangerous. Watching why that fails can take you on a completely different path. It’s exciting, actually. To me, solving problems is a bit like a drug. You’re on it, and you can’t get off. I spent seven years on our washing machine [which has two drums, instead of one]. The full story is at Fast Company.
Then this great artcile on the New York Times blog: Cooperation Replaces a Lone Wolf Approach to Photography.
Yes! Finally… people are starting to realize that being an ermite doesn’t bring you the kind of inspiration and success you can get by team work. I am glad things start changing, there is nothing like team effort and it is high time photographers, as entrepreneurs, understand this. By the way, this is true of the entire profession around photography, image, video, marketing, advertising agencies etc.
Stop dividing and instead create better, larger, greater, more inspirational things by fostering synergies and cooperation.
Last, a great thought as usual by Seth Godin, a lesson learned from a great Architect.
I love architecture for the fact that it brings together so many ways of thinking, using both the right and left hemispheres of your brain, and is the perfect combination of science and art and aesthetic perception.
As Seth writes it:
Architecture is a combination of sculpture and art and engineering and user interface. It is high tech and low tech at the same time, utilitarian and beautiful and virtually always budget constrained.
But do you know what great architects understand? If you don’t get it built, the work doesn’t matter.
Great architects are able to be great because they know how to sell their ideas to their clients. (Or, they know how to find clients who will build their ideas. Same thing.)
If you’re brilliant and undiscovered and underappreciated (in whatever field you choose), then you’re being too generous about your definition of brilliant.
On this thought, have a great weekend everyone!