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Thanks, Jason

I've never been a creative person. Artists and designers and inventive engineers always irked me ... everything comes to them so easily.
I'm a computer frickin' programmer. I'm not creative, I just write code to get things done. Meh.
That was what I thought. Until a few years ago, when I had dinner with Jason Fried, founder of 37signals. During the course of our conversation, he insisted that a software developer is creative:
You create code out of thin air. That's creative.
Wow. I never thought about it that way.
A strange transformation happened in that moment: I suddenly saw myself as creative.
Funny thing, since that time, I've been incredibly creative. I come up with brilliant ideas on a very regular basis now, so much that I'm astounded by my ideas. I actually have too many ideas and am in the process of reading a book to learn how to license my ideas.
I can't explain it, but it's exciting and also a bit overwhelming. Now, I see things that don't…