The Art of Non-Conformity – The Business of Inspiration

Written By: Allie Eliza - May• 24•14

Every society honors its live conformists, and its dead troublemakers. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960


“It’s not like there is this great debate about art and it’s role in society. It’s mostly been co-opted by a business mentality that goes against the grain of creativity which is an organic process that can’t be simply defined in a business plan.”
~  Ira Flowers


Don’t think you’re on the right road just because it’s a well-beaten path. ~Author Unknown




Excerpts from Chris Guillebeau’s TedX Talk, below.

(as proof that I actually watch these videos;) 

5:29 – “You can’t give us a problem, without giving us a chance to respond. It’s ok if you don’t have the whole answer. It’s ok if you don’t have the whole solution. In fact, maybe it’s better if you don’t have the whole solution. Maybe it’s better if you say… here are all these problems, and here’s what we’ve got, but we need you; we need help; what have you got? How can you participate, how can you contribute.”

5:54 – “We want to be a part of a team. We want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.”

8:54 - “Inspiration must create action”

9:04 – Peter Drucker - “Plans are merely ideas, unless they immediately        degenerate into hard work.”

9:13 – “Inspiration without action, is merely entertainment.”

10:13 – “Every significant accomplishment of ours, every challenge that we’ve ever overcome, every time we have been faced with some kind of dilemma, and we’ve made the right choice, it can be traced to the positive action/impact that someone had on our life.”

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