How to Be Amazingly Original and Blow People’s Puny Minds

By Seamus Anthony

By Seamus Anthony

Do you find yourself confused as to what your main direction in life is? Do you find yourself exploring This and then That and then berating yourself because you reckon you should have spent that time working on One Major Purpose instead of allowing yourself to get distracted?

Well, if so, RELAX!

Maybe you aren’t wasting time at all!

Maybe – just maybe – you are in the process of creating something amazing and highly original by combining different concepts and fields into One New Thing – a new category even!

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Can’t see how this applies to you and your disparate interests? Well, then maybe you need to explore this concept a bit more. Some good books to read are “Purple Cow” by Seth Godin, “Blue Ocean Strategy” by W. Kim and R. Mauborgne and “The Medici Effect” by Frans Johansson. All great books about the importance and methods of creating extraordinarily original offerings.

DRAW

Another awesome method of seeing where the connections lie is mind-mapping. If you are such a tech-head that you need to, you can find software to help with this, but personally I prefer a pen and the back of an envelope – this way I just bang out the ideas in my head, explore the connections, and move on to doing some real work. I don’t recommend spending hours fluffing about with this kind of thing, because it’s not real work, but a quick mind-mapping sessions can certainly help when inspiration strikes – or when it doesn’t.

Fly in the Face of Convention

This concept of combining seemingly unrelated fields of endeavor into a new original category or offering can be difficult for others to understand if you try and spell it out to them as a hypothetical theory. For example, my (always evolving) offering involves combining original music, humour, writing, personal development and entrepreneurship into my One Thing, but unless it serves a purpose (such as to illustrate my point), I don’t try to get people to understand this ambitious plan. Why? Because …

A) I don’t need the let-down when people don’t get it (because it sounds ridiculous to them) and tell me I’m crazy.I know I’m crazy anyway – and I don’t give a fuck! I like it!

B) I don’t fully understand my One New Thing yet myself! It’s an ever-evolving exploration of Self, through which I hope to help others to realize their own True Nature and/or simply to enjoy living more.

C) Because you don’t have to be able to explain it as a theory. It’s just not necessary!

Have a look around and you will find that truly original Creators are Do-ers and tend to either not be very self-analytical, or if they are, they keep this to themselves and just get on with creating the Original Work.

Then what happens? Other, not-so-original thinkers come along, formularize the original innovations, and reproduce lame Robo-Creations that have no soul and are in every way inferior.

Case in point? Jimy Hendrix. Originality oozed out of the man’s pores; he was instincively unique. Since he blew everybody’s minds his style has been rehashed to the point where it is in itself a sanitized and overwrought cliche.

Don’t do the same old shit. Try harder! Combine your different interests and see what you can come up with! Analyse everything about yourself and find what it is that makes you You.

It’s not always easy, but actually being original, then working really hard at getting that “out there” is one of the major laws of success. Good luck!

Hi, I'm Seamus Anthony. I am an author, artist and musician from Australia. Here at Rebel Zen, I document my journey as an creative artist and human and in doing so, hopefully help you in your own progress through your life of creativity. Go get your free E-book by me: "Taming The Monkey Mind".

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  1. I so agree with you! We tend to be reluctant to be completely original, don’t we? We haven’t seen the product of our own special interests and insights out there so we think it couldn’t work.

  2. Thanks Hilary, thanks Peter. Definitely read Purple Cow man, it is the bomb. Same for the Medici Effect. Blue Ocean is an awesome act of branding a powerful concept (combine disparate elements to create innovation) but in my opinion it’s a bit too left brain (Is ‘left’ the dry boring side that likes maths?) BUT the concept is awesome. Especially the graph where the authors explain how to go beyond the competition’s current offerings.

  3. I believe that for most of us, silencing the mind through meditation is the way to open that portal to our inner consciousness that reveals us in our unique, original self. The only draw back is that it will take some time, possibly a long time. No book, no guru, no system will open up that portal. The realization of our true self is of a value beyond lay terms, as it should, it comes only when the work is done. Haste and borrowed comprehension will create an illusionary, temporary, emotional-ego based belief, that when uncovered will create much disappointment, confusion, and despair, thus, the difficult sell of meditation, and mindful living. The originality you refer to is about absolute surrendering to silencing the outside world, and allowing your inimitable relationship with yourself to cultivate at its own distinctive pace. This commitment takes much courage. To summon it one must take total responsibility and authorship in their path.

    The mind must be developed by you alone. There is no way for others to do the work and for you to reap the results. reading someone else’s blueprint of mental progress will not transfer its realizations to you. You have to develop them yourself.
    – Dalai Lama

  4. Nicely said, Greg. Many people find meditation difficult, and so will not stick with it, and for these there are techniques that we can do all day long, rather than a formal sit-down meditation, to easily work up to meditation.

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