How thinking illogically can help you find your muse
"THE CHIEF ENEMY OF CREATIVITY IS "GOOD" SENSE."
Sometimes in order to find your muse, you are going to need to throw away the rules of logic. All new ideas seem crazy at first, but that does not mean that whoever thought of them was going down the wrong path. It order to be original, you might need to come up with the impossible.
Tap into your inner whacky
Sure, logic has its place in this world. It is what makes our computers function and how we go about scientifically proving things. Logic will help you figure out that math problem and get the same answer that the professor got on the chalkboard. Logic might even convince you that smoking is a bad idea since research and statistics indicate that you are at greater risk of getting cancer. But, the one thing that logic seems to have trouble doing for us is inspiring us on a creative level.
When it comes to finding creative inspiration, the concept of logic may need to be thrown out the window. There is no scientifically proven mathematical formula out there that can lead you to inspiration. In fact, many times, new and original ideas have a tendency to defy what we call logic. They may even be considered a little crazy.
Some examples of great ideas that were once thought of as crazy
- The sun centered planetary model ( Copernicus was laughed at)
- The Pet Rock (the original million dollar “stupid” idea)
- The Jet Engine (propellers were working just fine until this crazy idea came along and changed things)
Go ahead, Let your crazy out
Next time you are looking for some inspiration, why not try to run with an idea that seems a little crazy at first? Sometimes it is this wholly illogical idea that will end up inspiring you to make a creative leap that no one else has thought of. Picasso once said: “the chief enemy of creativity is good sense” and this statement could not be truer than when you are struggling to find your muse. Even if this crazy idea of yours ends up being nothing more than just a crazy idea, at least you explored its possibilities. Then you can go on to your next crazy idea until you hit pay dirt.