Unless you are allergic to news, you’ve probably heard of Joseph Andrew Stack deliberately flying his small engine plane into an Internal Revenue Service building in Austin, Texas. This quote from his manifest caught my attention; “I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity.”
This is actually a quote from Albert Einstein which reads, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Joseph Stack, as crazy as he was going out kamikaze style, brings up a good point. The majority of us, are insane.
For those of us that live in monotony, precariously engaging in the same mediocre work, all the while hoping that we will be handsomely paid for our endeavors with bonuses, raises and promotions; might as well throw on a straight jacket. The answer is to be different, push past the norm and that requires creativity.
Creative, how so?
Creativity sparks from becoming self aware. Realizing the problems of today and fixing it so they don’t arise again tomorrow. Creativity is mastering our fears; its walking down the path we always avoid because we are too afraid of what may lie ahead. Its standing up for what we believe in in the face of adversity. Its creating adversity to spark change and open new opportunities. We can sit and wallow in our self pity and loathe or we can swallow our pride, kick our fears in the face and lift ourselves onto a higher plane of existence.
Or you can crash a plane into the IRS building and die.