Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life

Teresa_Funke Black Background ColorFew things excite us more than a great idea, especially when it’s one of our own. Watch a person’s body language, listen to the passion in their voice, watch the light fill their eyes when they say those magic words, “I have an idea,” or “Listen to this” or “You know what we need to do?” In those moments we are brilliant, and we know it.

I have a friend who started a business in his basement. Whenever something good happened at work, he’d fly up the stairs, fling open the door, and shout to his wife, “I’m a goddamn genius!” And in that moment, he was.

This blog is about celebrating and honoring those bursts of brilliance that hit each of us every day. It’s about believing that our creativity is boundless, and even if we don’t act on every great idea we form, the very fact that we had the thought at all is magic. It’s about relishing spontaneity . . . dropping everything to jot down an idea, to text a friend, to rush across the room to tell a co-worker. It’s about drawing energy from that initial burst of brilliance whether you act on the idea or not. It’s not about success or failure, it’s about creativity and passion and the joy of discovering the amazing insights we never knew we had.

I always said I’d never write a blog until I had something unique to say, until passion drove me to it. So nothing about this blog will ever be rote. And in addition to the written content, I’ll also occasionally share videos based on the most popular of these blog posts. You can access those here , on my YouTube channel, for further instruction or inspiration, and share them with your friends, if you like.

One more thing . . . you won’t find comments here, at least not for now. Why? Because it’s not about whether you agree with me or not. It’s about what you DO with any inspiration you find here. I want you to take that energy and turn it toward your own work immediately,  not squander it on forming a response to me or arguing with the last person who posted an opinion. We spend far too much time reacting and not enough time acting.

It’s time to embrace the genius in all of us with no apologies and no hesitation. Because whether your idea changes your life, your community, or your world, once it’s out there, nothing will ever be the same.