Yeasty Mosaic at Disney's California Adventure

Yeasty Mosaic at Disney's California Adventure
Yeasty Mosaic at Disney's California Adventure

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Creativity Tip. No. 11

Punxsutawney Phil awaits his big moment in his burrow
Nurture Your Creative Ideas

What if a friend came to you with a creative idea that sounded so outrageous you couldn't help but laugh at the absurdity of it?

That must have been how people reacted to Clymer Freas's idea back in the 1800s. He suggested that the folks in his town, Punxsutawney, PA,  borrow the German custom of letting hedgehogs predict how long winter will last.

Since hedgehogs are scarce in the Keystone State, Clymer chose a groundhog as his prognosticator and named him Phil, after his brother. For 125 years the world has waited to see if the most famous groundhog of all sees his shadow to determine if we will have six more weeks of winter or enjoy an early spring.

Thanks to Clymer's creative idea, thousands now find their way to the charming Pennsylvania town on February 2 each year to hang out and party with Phil and his pals, the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

The moral of the story? We should all be more like Clymer. When we have a creative idea, we should let it run free for awhile, not letting negative thoughts squash it right away. We will find out soon enough if it is doable, and maybe, it just might be something that will make a lot of people happy for a long time.

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