The Medici Effect

I’ve been reading this book called The Medici Effect. It’s about finding creativity through something called the intersection. Here is what the back cover says:

The Medici Effect,Frans Johansson takes us on a fascinating journey to the Intersection: a place where ideas and concepts from diverse industries, cultures, departments, and disciplines collide, ultimately igniting an explosion of ideas leading to extraordinary innovations.

I guess big shot corporate guys buy this book and implement it among their staff to try and encourage more iPad success stories. But for me so far what I’ve been getting out of it is:

  • It’s a good thing to pursue what you’re interested in and truly passionate about
  • You don’t need to be the master at one thing in order to make a living at it- in fact, failing to cultivate your other interests and passion could be the stagnant force that prevents you from breaking through and accomplishing anything amazing.
  • Good ideas come out of a great many ideas. Being prolific is the key to quality.
  • Failing is a good thing. Everybody fails. The key is learning from it and moving on.
  • Keep overhead low and don’t wipe yourself out financially trying to accomplish one project.

That’s what I’ve got so far.

This is great because I’ve been nervous of late in my simultaneous pursuit of several projects: motherhood, music, screenwriting, activism… I was thinking I would have to give something up in order to realize success in any one of the  others. But I’m not going to give a damn thing up. I want to be a mom dammit. And besides, this kid was begotten from God’s ether. She showed up in my uterus- I just answered the door. And I can never quit music. No way, no how. I’ve tried before and I became spiritually crippled for two years. So screw that.

My note to self for the week is to show up to the job, work the ideas, projects, songs, and life purposes I have- and to not sit around worrying and fussing, in total paralysis, over which one I should be doing, and what I should give up for now.