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Ideas. I have a ton of them. Those ideas have informed who I am as an artist and an entrepreneur. But what good is an idea, if you do nothing with it? It ends up dying of neglect, right? But what if the opposite happens? You have this wonderful idea and love it so much that it does not have the space it needs to grow. So, it suffocates and dies. When that happens, I cannot help but visualize Lenny from Of Mice and Men. I then think of Bugs Bunny cartoons, like this:

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This past weekend, I thought a lot about what happens to ideas that I have. I don’t know about you, but I find that my ideas fit into 3 categories:

1. Fleeting Moments: Some of them are like fleeting moments. They stop by long enough for me to acknowledge them, appreciate them and then they are gone.

2. Inspired Gifts: Some ideas are inspired gifts. Ones that we give to people because we feel it would be advantageous for them to act on and vice versa. How many times have you told someone, “I have this great idea for you…”? These are little gifts that we either accept, reject or regift to a more deserving candidate.

3. The Snowball: These are the ideas that preoccupy my thoughts; the ones that I immediately act upon and that  keep me up at night. These are the ideas that we are so passionate about that they almost seem like babies. The more you talk about them, the bigger they get. However, these are also the ones that are the most fragile. They have the most potential to blossom.  But if you lean on them too much too soon, then they will be quick to break.

Ideas are vehicles to help us navigate through life and contribute in a way that leaves us fulfilled and grateful for the tiny part we have played. My suggestion: Nurture them all and then let go. The ones that can stand the test of time will continue to grow. And once they have enough roots, then you can enjoy the fruits of your labors.

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