I stared hard at the painting. Neither it nor I would back down. It was nice but not great. Something just wasn’t right. Then it dawned on me. It wasn’t bold enough. I hadn’t taken enough risk. Now what?
Taking my brush and mixing some more paint I stood poised over the canvas and said, “This is either the dumbest thing I’ve ever done or it’s the best” as I attacked the canvas. The painting is now, to me, what I wanted.
Transferring that experience into our “day life” I started thinking about how many times we compromise and exit too soon. Where if we’d just reached a bit further and became a bit more uncomfortable we would have ended up with something this side of brilliant. Too bad we didn’t show up with our “bold brush.”
Almost everyone has seen or remembers the “1984” Apple ad. Arguably one of the best Superbowl ads ever produced. It was a radical shot against Microsoft. (Some would now argue the irony of the ad due to Apple’s success.)
I think we need to pull out the “bold brush” and let fly more often. You get to determine when the situation calls for a stroke of boldness or justifiable compromise. How cool is that?
Too many times we settle for less than we need to. We need to care enough to bring the bold stroke of creativity to our daily life. Our families, neighbors, co-workers and even those in the checkout line next to you are crying out for our passion to do what’s right.
What are you working on that’s in need of an injection of boldness? Demanding you make it bold? Nay, daring that you make it bold. Pick up your brush and give it a shot. It’s either going to work or it won’t. (By the way, if you didn’t try, it still may not have worked.)
Let me (and others) know what you tried and how it worked. We’re all curious. Go ahead, express yourself. Be bold. We’re listening.
(*This edited version was previously posted here. Can one violate copyright law by borrowing your own blog? LoL!)