Sunday, February 12, 2012

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 exist. I see improvements to existing things or processes. It's as though I've been given a special insight.

I have no idea of the origin of the ideas -- "Greater Consciousness", "Universal Intelligence", "Unified Field Theory", "God" -- call it what you want, but I do know that it's actually fun. I feel like a channel, as though I'm simply "tuned in" to the proper frequency and am picking up signals from every source, all the time.

So, thank you, Jason, for triggering a flood of self-confidence and belief that has resulted in a river of ideas.

All The Best,

-- Don