“You don’t know how paralyzing it is, that stare from a blank canvas that says to the painter you can’t do anything. The canvas has an idiotic stare, and mesmerizes some painters so that they turn into idiots themselves.” This was what Van Gogh wrote in his letter 464, 3r:7.
He continued in 464, 3v:8 with: “Many painters are afraid of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the truly passionate painter who dares — and who has once broken the spell of ‘you can’t’.”
Van Gogh probably was very right. He knew perfectly how to emphasize authentic entrepeneuralship sleeping inside each of us. A lot of people however are frightened to create something new, something radically better from a complete bank “greenfield” situation. And this is a pity because for certain things we really need radical improvements. Perhaps only those who are not afraid to radically recreate towards a radical better humanity-centric situation need to be encouraged in just doing that.
Good luck with selecting and painting your “canvas”.
So you’re just one of the 4 billion people on this planet who loves to live in it’s comfort zone. Welcome to the club. Nothing wrong with living in comfort. Many will even say out aloud they love to be in the victim role. So they don’t have to leave their comfort zone, even if it’s not as comfortable as it might be (look at the fishbowl picture). Rather stay in the well-known comfort zone than take a huge step to an unknown territory. But what if this huge step would put you in a new comfort zone that is much more comfortable? Would you then still stay in your old zone? Or would you take the step and try it? How comfortable do you want to leave your comfort zone? Or do you need a leader or entrepreneur or risc-savvy initiator first to help you take the first step? Or maybe you just decided you want to be that leader or entrepeneur yourself. In that case: congratulations!
On a certain day, an important renewal task had to be fulfilled. The task could be Something, Anything or Nothing. Four people were assigned to fulfill the task: Everybody, Anybody, Somebody and Nobody. They were supported by Pride, Fear, Experience, Reason and Heart.
Pride thought letting Anybody do Anything was impossible but she told Nobody about it. And although Experience thought doing just Something was risky and Reason thought doing Nothing was totally useless, Heart whispered ‘just try it’ to Everybody.
And then Fear heard about Heart’s intention, and he blocked the idea totally. This led to Everybody to think that Somebody would have enough Experience for Something but in the end Nobody did Anything. This in turn caused Somebody to get upset because Something was the task of Everybody and now Nobody had done Anything.
Everybody thougt Somebody could have done Something, but Nobody realized that Pride thought not Everybody wanted to do Anything. In the end, Everybody convicted Somebody because Nobody did what Everybody could have done.
Where does your initiative fit in or do you still have some doubts?
(inspired by a Dutch poem called ‘er waren eens drie mensen’)