Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Coloring outside the lines
COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES
(be original, not perfect)
Ask a Kindergartener why they didn't stay in the lines when they colored a picture. You might get
an answer like "I didn't want to" or "It was more fun that way" It's not a big deal to them. While we
look at going outside the lines as not good or as an un-development, a Kindergartener will look at it
as a freedom, they have not yet been brainwashed into having to follow man made rules. Think about
it, who's rule is it to stay inside the lines or a more important question may be who drew the lines in
the first place?
Look closer at a picture that a Kindergartener colored. Do you see anything added in the page? A
Kindergartener may see things that are not in the picture that they think should be there so they add it
in. There is nothing in the sky so they draw in a sun, clouds or stars. They may add food on the plate,
a bow in the child's hair. They don't see just what's on the page but beyond it. Instead of getting
frustrated that it's not there, they fix the problem. Is there a service that is not being offered that you
need or a product that you can not find? Well fix the problem. Come up with the product and offer it
for sale. Find someone that can do the service and make a business. Add in what you don't see!
Another thing you may want to look at is how you may find a Kindergartener colors a dog pink.
You may ask why did you color the dog pink? There are no pink dogs. The Kindergartener may tell
you, "I wanted to color the dog pink." Again, they don't follow what is typical, what is seen. The do
what they want to do and like it. They still have this great thing called imagination and they use it all
the time. If we did things by what we see and what the rules are rather it be in writing, art, school or
business then there wouldn't be any creativity. We can not do things how they always are done. When
we think outside the box or color outside the lines, then we get successful ideas, successful
inventions, successful projects and successful businesses.
What's the next step for you?
Get a coloring book, choose a page and color with freedom. Don't worry about coloring outside the lines. Don't worry about coloring everything the "right" color. Feel the freedom!
Take it even further
Think of a business you like, a product that you enjoy or a story you love. Write down how you can make it different by changing the design, strategy or how it is ran. What would you add to the it to make it different? How can you change it so much that it is no longer the same, but your own original idea?
Be a Rock Star
Act on your idea, make it happen!