idea pilgrims

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Every day we get to choose the way we will live our story.  Michael Heppell calls this brilliance: ‘brilliant people have a range of tools to move forward in a number of different ways.’*  Chip Anderson calls this genius, the ability to pour ourselves into doing something amazing.

“Our real purpose is to contribute to the planet so that it is a safer and happier place to live.”**

What Chip Anderson calls genius, Brian Eno sees playing out together as scenius: “a whole scene of people who were supporting each other, looking at each others’ work, copying from each other, stealing ideas, and contributing ideas.”^

I think of these people as idea pilgrims.  These pilgrims don’t make their way to a well visited site; they are looking for the idea no-one has had before, appreciating the ideas people have had are their resources.  Eno, in his scenius, is describing a band of pilgrims.

‘Please stop waiting for a map.  We reward those who draw maps, not those who follow them.’^^

(*From Michael Heppell’s How to be Brilliant.)
(**Founder of the Grameen Bank Muhammad Yunus, quoted in Steve Chalke’s Being Human.)
(^Brian Eno, quoted in Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work.)
(^^From Seth Godin’s Poke the Box.)

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