I never believed it would happen to me.
Lo and behold, I actually read one of those little quotes on the back of a Starbucks cup and, instead of shrugging and drinking my drink, I actually caught myself saying, “Interesting!”
Whoa. Hold your horses. It was compelling.
No, I’m serious. I read it, and then I actually thought about it.
No, it wasn’t one of the musicians. And, actually, I misread it in a more generalized sense. And this misinterpretation made it more powerful to me.
(No doubt, people experience that selfsame kind of thing, here. I’m often more compelling when misread. Trust me.)
So if you’ve never seen The Way I See It #183, let me give you a little background. It’s from John Sweeney, author of Innovation at the Speed of Laughter. And it’s based on “improvisers.” But, as I said, I have generalized it, and to me, that made it a great deal more powerful.
Here’s my interpretation of Sweeney’s quote:
Don’t look at change as an obstacle; look at it as fuel. The next great idea lies just on the other side of change. We should be constantly asking ourselves, “What can I do to incite change?” Well?
(I’ve provided the strikethrough below which wasn’t quite legible, but I wanted you to see what I had changed.)
Improvisers d[D]on’t look at change as an obstacle; welook at it as fuel. We know that t[T]he next great idea lies just on the other side of change. We are[should be] constantly asking ourselves, “What can I do to incite change?” Well?