One Trick Baloney

Are we being too precious with our ideas?

Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.
— Howard Aiken

Let’s start with the disclaimer. You need to protect your work. Register it with ASCAP, BMI, USPTO or your local/industry specific equivalent.

This still doesn’t necessarily protect your work from being copied, stolen or modified. But it does give you the rights for your work.

With that out of the way: Let’s begin!

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
— Carl Sagan

What Sagan means by this quote is to say that everything is derivative of what already exists. There’s nothing completely original in the world. For songwriters. see the video by Axis of Awesome at the bottom.

We can reshape things. We can repurpose things. We can put things in new and strange environments. We can combine new things. What we cannot do is invent the universe in which it resides.

But wow, do we have an awesome playground!

The Universe Is My Playground by Dariusz Orszulik. Wiieh! =D

How does this fit in with where we started?

Once we realize that we can generate an endless amount of ideas we don’t have to be as delicate with them. We’re not one trick ponies. We don’t have to be protective and possessive. We are brimming with creativity!

Also, when all we’re actually doing is remixing what the universe already gave us it’s kind of liberating. We don’t have to worry about what’s right and what’s wrong. We can try out new things and let our taste decide what’s right for us.

Be willing to share work and credit with other people. They’ll be more willing to share theirs. And what fun is play if we don’t play with each other?

Oh, Jesus…

There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
— Nelson Mandela
Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.
— Carl Jung
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
— George Bernard Shaw
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
— Billie Jean King
There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.
— J. Robert Oppenheimer
The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you’re playing by somebody else’s rules, while quietly playing by your own.
— Michael Korda
When I was 5 and playing against 11-year-olds, who were bigger, stronger, faster, I just had to figure out a way to play with them.
— Wayne Gretzky
Amy Cuddy — Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
Axis of Awesome — Four Chord Song

Originally published at on January 19, 2014.