Biz Stone, the co-creator of Twitter and author of Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of a Creative Mind, advocates believing in yourself and using your creativity.
Biz took a cue from an old Bugs Bunny cartoon in which Wile E. Coyote guest starred. Wile’s business card gave his title as “Genius.” Biz named his blog Biz Stone, Genius, and wrote about the work going on at his imaginary company, Genius Labs.
His advocacy of believing in yourself and using your creativity goes along with his belief in creating your own opportunities, which I wrote about in my last blog post. In this post I will share five messages I distilled from the book.
- You must believe in yourself, even when it’s hard.
“When you are starting a company, you sometimes have nothing more than an idea. And sometimes you don’t even have the idea – just the supreme confidence that one day you will have an idea . . . Then you make a business card and give yourself the title Founder and CEO.”
What does this have to do with creativity?
“Believing in yourself, the genius you, means you have confidence in your ideas before they even exist. In order to have a vision for a business, or for your own potential, you must allocate space for that vision. … Inventing your dream is the first and biggest step toward making it come true. Once you realize this simple truth, a whole new world of possibilities opens up in front of you.”
- You cannot use up your creativity.
“Creativity is a renewable resource. Challenge yourself every day. Be as creative as you like, as often as you want, because you can never run out. Experience and curiosity drive us to make unexpected, offbeat connections. It is these nonlinear steps that often lead to the greatest work.”
- You need an emotional investment in your idea/what you’re doing.
After leaving Google Biz and his business partner started a podcast business (although they weren’t known as podcasts at the time). Neither man listened to or recorded podcasts.
“We lacked something that is key to [success] . . . emotional investment. If you don’t love what you’re building, if you’re not an avid user yourself, then you will most likely fail even if you’re doing everything else right.”
- You can’t rely on technology.
“The greatest skill I possessed and developed over the years was the ability to listen to people . . . What that taught me . . . was that [what changes our lives is] a triumph not of technology but of humanity.”
- You can’t just work hard:
“[This book is] a story about making something out of nothing, about merging your abilities with your ambition, and about what you learn when you look at the world through a lens of infinite possibility. Plain hard work is good and important, but it is ideas that drive us, as individuals, companies, nations, and a global community. Creativity is what makes us unique, inspired, and fulfilled. This book is about how to harness the creativity in and around us all.”
I intend to keep these five points in mind as I start looking for work.