Increasing Your Joy: Don’t Let Stuff Ruin Your Ideas

Increasing Your Joy: Don’t Let Stuff Ruin Your Ideas

Entrepreneurs and otherwise inventive people often like to be on the cusp of what’s happening. When a new, powerhouse app comes out, they want to see what it’s all about. If a software program promises something great, they have to know how great.

That fascination is totally natural, isn’t it?

Those are the same men and women who are hoping to bring something of their own to the table. It’s natural to be curious about where trends are moving and how products and services are performing. After all, when it’s their turn to be the new thing on the block, they’ll want to make sure that they did it right.

Staying on the cutting edge is cultural and it probably feels like the right thing to do. If you want to produce, look at products.

The problem with these new things – whatever they are – is that they are misleading. They promise to improve, but rarely do. Sure, this one particular app may help you out. It may organize your appointments to keep you in line and that’s great! Now you’ll have time to focus on other things.

Yet that’s not how it works.

Something else happens when you combine it with all of those other apps you’re using. Brainpower is like muscles: if you don’t use it, you lose it.

An overload of “helpful” tools, solutions and fixes can save you from working too hard. And sometimes they can keep you from working at all.

There is a lot to be said for imaginative creativity. Walt Disney built an empire in the pages of his sketchbooks. All the graphic design and computer imaging improvements that came thereafter haven’t produced even a single character as iconic as Mickey Mouse.

Another genius (though of a different sort) who refused to get bogged down by “stuff” was Ansel Adams. Perhaps the most prolific landscape photographer in American history, Adams was in the middle of an amazing career when the color camera was developed. Most agreed it was an incredible improvement, but he didn’t use it.

By approaching his landscapes with fewer tools, he had fewer distractions. The result is that where there may have been color, there was now power. Adams used his knowledge and his imagination to create compelling art. He didn’t cheat his mind out of its best work by bogging it down with extras.

Neither should you.

As an entrepreneur or someone hoping to create something new, it’s easy to fall into the more-more-more trap. “It’s better! Faster! Easier!” In the end, however, men don’t succeed based on the shelves they’ve got filled with clutter. They succeed based on what they’ve got between the ears.

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