The latter three works of fiction are there for different reasons than the non-fiction. The non-fiction books have each affected me profoundly, but in different ways. The fiction books on my prestigious window sill are all there for the same reason: they’re a reminder of the power of imagination. Every time my eyes come to rest on them they nudge me into a reverie concerning the vast energy and creativity that lies latent in the mind of every human being.
They also underscore the dividing line between creativity and craft. The former is something inherent in everybody’s being. The latter is something purchased by proliferate spending of one’s time, attention, energy and love. To further discern the difference, consider an idea of Derek Sivers’: ideas are just a multiplier of execution. As he says:
“It’s so funny when I hear people being so protective of ideas. People who want me to sign an NDA to tell me the simplest idea.
To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions.
AWFUL IDEA = -1
WEAK IDEA = 1
SO-SO IDEA = 5
GOOD IDEA = 10
GREAT IDEA = 15
BRILLIANT IDEA = 20
NO EXECUTION = $1
WEAK EXECUTION = $1000
SO-SO EXECUTION = $10,000
GOOD EXECUTION = $100,000
GREAT EXECUTION = $1,000,000
BRILLIANT EXECUTION = $10,000,000
To make a business, you need to multiply the two.”