Ever notice how when somebody knows something its almost impossible to get them to change their mind? Or to see things in a different way?
Why bother? Not knowing takes a lot of mental effort. Once you know something, you can just tune out all the other conflicting information.
The secret to being creative is to not know anything, empty your mind like a fool and see what craziness you can come up with?
I learned this lesson this weekend when I set the goal of watching the movie Jaws from the beach while I and a few crazy guests floated out in the lake.
Just like our hero, Chief Brody, a city cop who had taken a new job in a tourist beach town, had no idea how he was going to get rid of this shark? I had to figure out how to watch a movie from the lake?
The problem was....
I didn't want to spend a lot of money on this venture so renting what I did "know" about, large outdoor movie screens we've seen at movie nights in public parks was out of the question.
So I searched the internet for homemade movie screens and found very detailed instructions for a PVC pipe frame and blackout cloth. It would take about 6-12 hours to build and complete the project and cost at $150 in materials.
I knew, that was more than I wanted to spend.
So I focused on securing my indoor screen for outdoor use. I went to Home Depot and got a large assortment of clamps, bungees and rope to lash the screen to the dock for the show.
The day of, while it was still raining outside and the movie night was in jeopardy of cancellation, I walked by my 10x10 quick canopy that I take camping and to the beach.
Like a fool, I thought, what a great frame, now I just need a screen?
I rummaged thru the linen closet dutifully asking my wife's permission to use her linens on my project and getting the appropriate release forms and marriage waivers signed so I wouldn't have to hear about any accidents for the next two years.
I found an old quilt with a white backing. Perfect!
A few tarp clamps and bungees and I assembled my new creation in the living room as a test model. It worked! For less than $15 of bungees and clamps at Home Depot!
Once we deployed it, it worked perfectly and we could get it closer to the water than I anticipated.
The night was a big success!
Afterwards, I got on amazon and white canvas cloth with grommets ready to go for $40. Another $10 for tarp bungees and I will have an easy to assemble, light enough to pack for camping, outdoor movie theater using stuff I already have!
Like a fool, once I stopped thinking about what I didn't have that I already knew about and opened my mind to what I did have and got creative in putting it to use.
The side benefit is that very feeling of pride I have at making something that works. We forget how easy it is to just go and buy something for a few hundred dollars.
Buying something pre-made robs you of the joy, pride, and self-confidence of knowing what you can and what you cannot do yet inside yourself.
Part of coaching is forgetting what you know and getting back in touch with the fool that thinks everything is possible!
Once you learn that skill, going from,
"I know that is not possible."
"Let me see what I can do?"
becomes a valuable lifelong habit!
White Canvas, quilt, bed sheet, or what ever you can find as close to 10ft wide and 6 ft tall.
4 large spring clamps to attach to the top of the frame
4 bungee cords that are easy to adjust the length
4 plastic tarp clips
If your tarp already has grommets, use more bungees. If you are using a sheet, you might want 8 tarp clips to grab it and more bungees to secure it around.
Computer w/ Blue Ray DVD
Epson HD Projector
Beats boom box ( other something bigger for sound)
1/8 to 1/8 stereo cable