This week I was on a conference call with a client. I wasn't bored, but I wasn't engaged. And as a consultant, there are few things I hate more than inefficiency, wasting time. My time matters. My time is important. So I went into the bathroom, put my phone on mute, and put on some lipstick.
Then I fixed my hair. Washed the lenses of my glasses. Plucked my eyebrows.
A couple days later I was talking to a friend. A dude working on a new podcast (that I can’t wait to tell you about!). We were talking about ideas. About what it takes to bring ideas to life. About where ideas come from and what to do with them. That’s when I mentioned to this dude that I get my best ideas in the bathroom.
I get them when I'm brushing my teeth. I get them when I'm washing my hair. I get them when I'm putting on mascara. And I get them when I'm plucking my eyebrows. And I told this dude I feel bad for dudes because they don't do a lot of these things. Because bathroom time is think time is creative ideas time and dudes: you’re like totally missing out.
It reminded me of a recent conversation I had with a mentor of mine. Another dude. He's just released his first book and has been doing this podcast on marketing and leadership. And he told me that for the first time, he's scheduling time to…wait for it…just think. In a moment of reversed roles, I told him I thought this was a really good idea.
Ideas need space. They need room to breathe, to move, to become. Because they start out gooey and juicy and delicious and they sort of flap around with open wounds, begging you to rescue them. Or something. And it's uncomfortable. It is. Because you don't really know whether or not to take them seriously and you’re questioning their motives, etc..
And I’m so here for this. I’m here for this processing. This sorting. This act of bravery to entertain these slipperly little wonderful beasts.
Steinbeck said, “ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen." It’s true. Ideas beget ideas. And I want to not only give space for my own fur balls, I want to process through that with other people, too. I want them to see their bunnies multiply.
If I can be that for you, let me now. Let’s make sh*t!