by Angie Mack Reilly, author of Chronic Creativity: A Diagnostic Look at the Condition and How to Become Infected (c) 2008
I have come to understand through many observations that the craziest ideas are usually the most brilliant ideas.
These “crazy” ideas are initially met with mocking, negativity, rejection, disbelief and even persecution.
When I see someone with an idea, concept, creative thought, etc….that is welcomed by any of the above in the initial stages, I take notice. (Herein lies a brilliant idea!)
Take, for instance, my cousin. Many years ago, she had a vision to create vintage undergarments out of recycled materials. It was a new concept…cutting edge…almost silly at the time. Yet she has stuck with her dream, is growing, and will flourish in my opinion. I wouldn’t be surprised if she ends up making her mark in the world of fashion.
I often call people like this “ahead of their time”. These creative idea makers seem to have an intuition or vision for the future. They create something or present something. But the idea is often so “out of the box” that it is not understood by others in its entirety initially. Because it is not understood, it is faced with rejection, criticism, and on and on………
So my encouragement to all of the “silly” idea-makers….stick with it! If you are facing negativity and ridicule from others, you are most likely onto something grand. Press on my friend……..