How chasing new ideas can lead you to your muse
“THE DIFFICULTY LIES NOT SO MUCH IN DEVELOPING NEW IDEAS AS IN ESCAPING FROM OLD ONES.”
Chasing new ideas has gotten human society from pondering the heavens to exploring them and is necessary for creative exploration. New ideas can dislodge the bad ideas that are wedged in the maw of your mind and help you find the true path to your muse.
Chasing New Ideas
The universe has changed relatively little since we have been around, barely forming a new pimple since the time of the dinosaurs. Yet in the last few centuries, our understanding of how it works has increased exponentially. We have gone from wondering what land was beyond the horizon, to figuring out ways to find planets orbiting around distant stars. We have discovered ways to harness nature, fight disease, and be instantaneously connected. We have broken through old superstitions and assumptions, dislodged flawed systems of thinking and by doing so we have discovered new and better things about the world, ourselves and our potential.
This is all thanks to our inherent need to chase new and better ideas. Developed in our early foraging years, when it came in handy to help us figure which berries were good to eat and how to find a bear free cave to sleep in, forming new ideas has become key to our stunning success. With the ability to open our minds up to new possibilities and explanations, we are able to make new discoveries that fully dislodge a flawed thinking processes (such as all red berries are bad or all caves have bears in them) that are keeping us from moving forward.
When it comes to creativity, there is nothing like a bad idea to keep us from moving forward and truly discovering our muse. Like a piece of popcorn that gets stuck in your teeth, a bad idea has the ability to wedge itself in the maw of your mind in such a way that no amount of probing will dislodge it. Instead it sits there like a faulty node, jamming up your creative thought process by sending your line of thinking off into the wrong direction time and time again. Just like how eating something else (such as an apple) can help you dislodge that annoying piece of popcorn, chewing on new ideas can help you dislodge the bad ones.
Next time you are looking for your muse, but find yourself heading off in the wrong creative path thanks to a bad idea, try dislodging it by opening up your mind and examining new ideas and possibilities. For example, let us say you have an idea for a cool new educational toy, but your plan keeps going nowhere because of inflated production costs. Instead of looking at the cost of production and trying to dream up ways to sell a very expensive toy, try looking at new and different ways to build your toy (outsourcing, using recycled parts,…) and you might find out you were approaching the whole thing from the wrong direction. By keeping your mind open to new ideas you give yourself a chance to discover new ways to your muse. Chasing new ideas has gotten all of us this far, why stop it now?