Imagination is not limited to just one sex. Great ideas flow through the noggins of men and women equally. But most of the time the idea ends right in the cantaloupe, the noggin, the brain, whatever you want to call it. Although men have gotten credited with some of the best modern inventions of all times, do not underestimate the contributions of women. For years when a person came up with a good idea they would be paid a compliment by someone saying, “Good idea, Einstein.” More recently, since pop culture lessons have overtaken history lessons, people now say, “I just had an “aha moment,” a reference to what the queen of daytime TV, Oprah Winfrey referred to a life changing idea. (Yes, I’m a guy and I did just quote Oprah.) The common reaction to having a sudden gem of an idea filling the inner workings of the upper cranium cavity is such a foreign feeling to many people that they sadly just shrug it off and let that potentially great idea evaporate into the universe.
I recently had my own aha moment (Oprah reference #2.) After a long-term consulting project ended because my ideas to the client kept falling on deaf ears, I was looking for something to do to occupy my time. I was tired of helping others only to have them ignore my golden advice. As I began to rant hysterically, so much so that it drove my dog Sunny under the kitchen table for safety. But during that outburst an idea came to me. I quickly jotted down all of the ideas that were now flowing through my brain faster than a Kardashian marriage.
Ok, I had a great idea, what do I do next? I ran to be first in line at the grand opening of a new McDonald’s. (Fast food. Oprah reference #3.) After eating my share of the complimentary McRibs, I knew I needed to tackle my great idea head on. No more avoiding it. “It was time to follow my instincts because that’s where true wisdom manifests itself.” (Oprah reference #4.)
I started working on my idea but worried about failure. Oprah says, “I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoy the process.” (Oprah reference #5) Because I unknowingly worried about the failure of my new project, I put it aside and once again started helping other on theirs. I like helping others as much as a fat boy likes chocolate cake. Oprah says, “I don’t think you ever stop giving. I really don’t. I think it’s an ongoing process. And it’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life.” (Oprah reference #6.) It is very satisfying helping others. “But I always knew I was destined for greatness.” (Oprah reference #7.) But for me, all of the time spent helping others was coming at a price. It meant I was not truly answering my God-given calling. That’s a sin in Oprah’s mind.
So, as a student in Oprah’s master class, I am following my own dreams. And the one quote from Oprah that really sums up why I quote her instead of Albert Einstein is because she says, “For every one of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out.” And all Albert Einstein ever said was, “A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” That’s very deep, Einstein!
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