Some of the planet’s most creative people were trained to say yes to whatever came their way. Actors ranging from Laurence Olivier to Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Johnny Depp are of the “yes” school of performing. They were trained to react affirmatively to the stimuli presented to them. The result is a more authentic response and an audience that connects to that authenticity.
Albert Einstein was definitely a yes-man. A scientific theory is neither proven nor unproven. It’s an idea that starts as a yes and keeps other scientists busy for decades. Einstein was delighted to say yes to possibilities over and over.
Thomas Edison was also fond of the yes. He was so sure that yes was the destination that he didn’t mind the thousands of “no” answers (sometimes referred to as failures or mistakes) he encountered on his journeys.
Everybody has dozens of opportunities to say yes every day. You know how it happens. You’re walking your dog or you’re in the shower or you’re making the macaroni and cheese recipe you know by heart and – Shazam! (as Captain Marvel would say) – creativity hits you right between the eyes and you say yes… or you say no.
Yes, according to New York Times columnist Tony Schwartz, is the difference between merely surviving and thriving. Yes opens the door to creativity, vitality and innovation and can turn the mundane into the spectacular.
We’re very pro-yes at Sparkhead Kids. Yes is why our group of adults spend hours drawing and creating imaginary worlds. Ideas visit us regularly and we choose to say yes to almost all of them.
Try it– there’s always room for a little more yes!