Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter 1 Share on Facebook 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend (2 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   4 comments

Life Arts

Igniting the Creative Dynamo within You

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

Inspiring 2   Valuable 2   Well Said 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Become a Fan
  (4 fans)
- Advertisement -

Six decades ago, a Swiss hiker named George de Mestral hiked through autumn colors with his dog.

He crossed fields covered in milkweed, purple thistles, burrs, thorny branches and floating dandelion parachutes.

In the autumn, all plants release their seeds to the winds.  Others attach to animals for transport to other locations to begin anew.

When Mestral returned home, he noticed dozens of burr balls with hooks attached to his socks and his dog's fur.  It took him 30 minutes to dislodge them from his clothing and the dog.

While pulling them off, he noticed each spine featured a hook at the end that embedded itself into anything passing near the plant.  Anything with fur picked up the seed and transported it to new fields.  His wool sock picked up the most "hooked" burrs.

He put two and two together! Voila, he created Velcro cloth fasteners.  Today, we all use Velcro to secure our bicycle shoes, coats, fasten our backpacks and a thousand other uses.  He became a millionaire through the "creative dynamo" spinning around in his mind.

You can look throughout history to see innovations and inventions that popped up out of nowhere by average men and women who discovered an idea "out of the blue."

By what process does an invention occur?  How can you apply it to your life?  What can you do with inventions you create?

- Advertisement -

Remember that everything must come from an "idea" before it can move into form.

Ideas fly around the universe waiting for someone to grab them and bring them to form.  Your mind constitutes a "net" that captures ideas.  You may remember that tiny, gold, winged ball in the Harry Potter books that flew around the stadium while students chased it on their broomsticks.

When that winged ball flies by your head, grab it!  Write down the idea.  Process it.  Play with it.  Move it into form.  It might be an idea for a magazine article if you are a writer. It might become a book.  If you make jewelry, you may create a stunning ring or necklace.  If you create macramé, you may discover a new design.   You may create a new painting, poem or sculpture.  You might design a new bicycle, airplane, car or boat.

In whatever realm you play, those ideas buzz around your head.  Capture them like Harry Potter captured the tiny, gold ball with wings.

Never allow anyone to deter you or rain on your parade!

- Advertisement -

Years ago, a man attempted to make a "cooler" beach shoe that stayed on peoples' feet.  He made it out of rubber with a cinch on the back.  He offered it in many colors.

Naysayers said, "That's so ugly; it's a crock!"

So, he named it a "Croc" and you know the rest of the story: billions of people wear his beach Crocs!

Next Page  1  |  2

Frosty Wooldridge Bio: Frosty Wooldridge possesses a unique view of the world, cultures and families in that he has bicycled around the globe 100,000 miles, on six continents and six times across the United States in the past 30 years. His books (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
Google Content Matches:
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Over-Population Exponentially Increases Air Pollution

Growing Illiteracy in America: Creating entrenched poverty

U.S. economy in trouble and why

Part 1: Overpopulation in 21st century America--our risky future

Who is to blame for $4.00 a gallon gas? How about $10.00 a gallon?

What America will look like in 2050--fractured nation, multiple languages


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
4 people are discussing this page, with 4 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

Great article, so very true! As much as I live in... by Daniel Geery on Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 1:06:51 PM
My creative dynamo has captured this ball: the Ear... by molly cruz on Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 10:26:25 AM
Yes, beautiful. And thinking and feeling peace, ... by Cynthia Piano on Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 12:07:04 PM
very good advice to be followed by budding creator... by Mahalingam Santhri N on Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 1:39:07 AM