Pringles potato chip cans look humble enough. I learn only today that it is a patented item. The Straits Times carries an article about its inventor Fredric Baur’s cremated remains being stored and buried in one such cans.
Everyone has good ideas which unfortunately remain unharnessed. We either lack the money, time, experience, courage or motivation to bring them to fruition.
I for example, also worry about what others think. Will they find my ideas ridiculous?
Consider the Pringles potato chip cans again. If Fredric Baur had worried about being ridiculous when patenting a can, he would have missed it all. That he had requested to be buried in a Pringles can conveys how much he valued the piece as being the defining achievement in his life.
The point is that we worry too much, and think too little of our personal creativity.
We have all heard from Nike – Just Do It. Maybe it makes perfect sense – we’d never know except in retrospect.