The Gap is Between Doing Anything and Doing Nothing

I was listening to a TED talk by Clay Shirky today.  He was talking about Cognitive Surplus.  It’s a great talk.  Here’s where you can find it, but he said something so cool.  I won’t summarize.  I’ll just write out what he said.  You have to listen to the talk for context.  Sorry Clay.

“The stupidest possible creative act is still a creative act.  Someone who has done something like this – however mediocre and throw away – right, has tried something; has put something forward in public.  And once they’ve done it, they can do it again.  And they can work on getting it better.  There is a spectrum between mediocre work and good work, and as anybody who’s worked as an artist or as a creator knows its a spectrum you’re constantly struggling to get on top of.  The gap is between doing anything and doing nothing.”

That’s good stuff Clay.  You can’t change the world by doing nothing.  You can’t lead by doing nothing.  Even doing something stupid is better than nothing.

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