This week I'm reading The Genius Machine by Gerald Sindell. Last week was Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk. I can't tell you enough how helpful books like these are and how I've developed nothing short of an insatiable appetite for soaking up the knowledge in these types of books. They're both good reads and Vayner-CHUK full of helpful insight and information.
This morning, through my Posterous daily subscription to a blog posted by Clementine, (that's all I know about her) I found this posting of a flow chart for The Beatles' biggest hit ever, Hey Jude. While it's not the complete lyrical representation of the song, it's simple enough to be elegant, and elegant enough to be beautiful. And maybe that's why the song has forever been etched into the psyche of the history of music.
Singdell's point on page 15 of The Genius Machine is this: Creative thought is about looking at what everyone is looking at, or has looked at for years, and seeing something new. Sometimes that new thing is just the possibility of something new, and sometimes what we see is right there, already in existence, but had never been noticed before.
From the graphic below, you see two of the finest examples of creative thought one ever could hope to see:
And that's enough this morning to make me feel better. Okay, crank up iTunes now, friends. Start the Na-loop and sing to fade….