Monday, June 15, 2009

Out of your mind?

I'm pulling together the thoughts for a new e-book: Out of Your Mind - Turning Ideas into Results.

It's always interesting to work backwards. Have you ever walked through a house that was for sale or past a car in the parking lot and wondered what kind of person actually picked that colour? Everywhere we go, we see tangible results that started in someone's (often quite strange) mind.

When we say that someone is "out of their mind" we are not usually complimenting them for turning theories into practice. The truth is probably that you have to be a little bit crazy to get great results. How else would you bend the rules on what is possible to create something that only seemed impossible? How else would you usefully confuse the representation in your mind with the thing that you were representing so that what you imagined seemed like part of the world we call "real"?

It's a little bit scary when we pull ourselves out of our minds and experience someone else's reality. Perceptions feel distorted; cause and effect is hard to track. It's hard to tell the difference between an idea and a result when you get out of your own mind and into someone else's thinking. We give up control and understanding in order to gain experience and, we hope, a little wisdom.

Where do you go when you go out of your mind?

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