So, creativity happens when you need it to happen. I find that when I have a lot of money, time and resources that my creativity stalls. It’s when my back is against the wall, we have to use less money, etc. that something happens within me that gets my mind thinking.
My family and I recently took a vacation to Seattle. We drove from Las Vegas to Seattle to spend a week or so with our families. We have four children so we make more than enough bathroom stops. Sure enough we are in the middle of the Nevada desert and my son blurts out with much urgency that he has to use the bathroom right now and can’t wait. Just like my dad and his dad before, I said he had to wait. However, we’re in a part of Nevada where there is literally no rest stops or bathrooms for30-40 miles. No bathrooms, no bushes, no water bottles. This is where creativity kicks in.
We had a zip lock bag and as gross as it sounds we told the girls to look away and right before he peed in his pants we had him go in the bag. It sounds like an odd example, but we literally had several seconds before we would have a big mess on our hands. Had we been driving through a small town, city, rest stop or wooded-area we wouldn’t have had to do much thinking. We would obviously just pull over. It’s often times when our back are against the walls that we do some of our best thinking and creative sessions.
Recession isn’t a time to fear. It’s the best time to be creative!