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Play Kindles Creativity

cre·a·tiv·i·ty
noun: creativity

the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.

We all dream of being more creative. Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me, “You are so creative,” I’d be a millionaire multiple times over. I am so blessed. Or am I?

What I know is this, first, I’m grateful. Second, I’m a kid at heart. I love play. My office is littered with toys and color makes me vibrate.

As an adult, I was tossed out of Toys “R” Us. Why? For running up and down an isle as fast as I could turning on all the electronic toys. No, I wasn’t with a child. But, I was playing, and looking for inspiration.

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I have a huge collection of Happy Meal toys. Most were gifts from friends who know I collect them. At Christmas half my gifts are toys and my stocking is stuffed with collectibles! I am still one of the first in the room to get excite over a commercial for a new animated feature film. Love Pixar! I’m not ashamed to tell you that Batman is my hero and has been since I was old enough to pin my baby blanket to my shoulders as my cape. [I still have that baby blanket cape.] And of course, Joker is my favorite villain.

I grew up laughing, playing, drawing and reading! I could go on but really at this point you get the idea.

So, I am blessed, but I am also very playful at heart. I encourage you to open up and release your inner child. You’ll be happier and I’m confident you’ll be more creative too.

Here Are 6 Reasons To Release Your Inner Child And Kindle Your Creativity:

  • Creativity can reinvent your life.
  • Creativity can reinvent your company.
  • Creativity can change your world and life for the better.
  • The more creative ideas you have the more solutions you have.
  • Creative ideas give you choice and opportunities.
  • Creative ideas generate new perspectives, and creating beginnings.

The following YouTube video is John Cleese on Creativity. It’s 36 minutes of genius. Cleese validates that play leads to creativity. He states, “Creativity is not a talent. It is not a talent, it is a way of operating.” In the video he explains closed vs open modes of thinking.

“Closed mode” is the mode we are in most of the time at work. It’s active, slightly anxious, probably a little impatient, a little tension, not much humor. It’s a mode in which we’re very purposeful, and we can get very stressed, but not creative.

The “open mode,” is relaxed, expansive, more contemplative, inclined to be filled with humor, a wider perspective, more playful. It’s a mode in which curiosity for its own sake can operate because there is no pressure to get anything done quickly. “Open” leads to creativity through play.

For those of you who don’t know, John Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. He might be the most famous for his work with the comedy group Monty Python, and for the popular British television series Fawlty Towers.

It’s your turn. What do you think? Are you creative? Do you find yourself in the “closed mode” or “open mode” more often? How do you play? Have you found your Holy Grail?

Babyland General: Cabbage Patch Kids

Today is #TBT or ThrowBackThursday, if you were a child of the 80’s or had a child in the 80’s you must remember the Cabbage Patch Kids. Here is a #vintage commercial for your enjoyment.

The following video gives you look inside Babyland General Hospital the “birthplace” of Cabbage Patch Kids located in Cleveland, Georgia. Is shares the back story of the doll that was originally called “Little People.”

Xavier Roberts was a ten-year-old boy when he discovered the “Little People.” When he was a 21 year old art student he created the soft sculpture dolls. The doll brand became one of the most popular toy fads of the 1980s and one of the longest-running doll franchises in America.

They were first licensed to toy manufacturer Coleco in the 1980’s. Hasbro took over the rights to produce Cabbage Patch dolls in 1988 when Coleco went bankrupt. In 1994, Mattel took over the brand, including production. In 2001, retailer Toys “R” Us took over the Cabbage Patch brand from Mattel. The Toys “R” Us line lasted until Play Along toys obtained exclusive licensing rights in 2003. JAKKS Pacific acquired Play Along Toys and assumed the master toy licensee in 2011. Wicked Cool Toys is now the current master toy licensee for the Cabbage Patch Kids.

Did you know:

  • In 1985, Cabbage Patch dolls did $600 million in business.
  • They made the cover of Newsweek on December 12, 1983.

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It’s your turn. What do you think? Do you have an idea that has been with you since childhood that could set the world on fire? It could be your purpose, what are you waiting on? Act now! It’s never to late too fulfill your destiny. Your destiny, your choice!

Need to flesh out an idea? Contact me. I enjoy a di’namic creativity brainstorming session.

NOTE: No idea ever comes to anyone ready to go and straight out of the box. It starts as a kernel of an idea, as inspiration, that with passion, enthusiasm and a great deal of attention and imagination blossoms into the living breathing creation. Be patient and loving to yourself and your ideas as they grow. When the season is right, they will blossom if they have been cared for properly.

To borrow a quote from Mission Impossible, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it,” live the life you were meant to live. Breathe life into your dreams and passions and share them with the world.

Until next time … Live Bold and Be Di’namic!