The recent, sudden, death of George Carlin has spurred, at least among my friends and colleagues, a renaissance of interest relating to his thoughts over the years. We are seeing things in the newspapers, on TV and in various blogs and newsletters, about how amazingly insightful he was.
We can all refer to the famous “Seven words you can’t say on television”, as it is both famous and infamous. But he was more than just a guy who liked to shock people. We like to think of him when we’re trying to inspire people to greater heights of creativity and inspiration. One of his best techniques, which we gladly steal, is to look at things from a different perspective. “How would your dog solve this problem?”, or “How would achieve the exact opposite result?” George Carlin certainly looked at things from a very different perspective.
We came across a great George Carlin quote that, we think, allows us to refute the idea that your don’t need creativity in all businesses:
The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, “You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.”
Use your creativity and passion to set someone else on fire, today and every day. George would want it that way.
Keep on smiling!
Steve and Megann