Have you ever believed that you could never learn to be creative because inventive people are born with some special ability that ordinary people like you don’t posses?
A few years ago, I suggested to each member of my team to choose a nick name, an inspiring name that would break away from what has been chosen for them by their parents.
I didn’t have a particular reason; it was just for fun.
A co-worker (who later changed his mind and chose to be called Lone Ranger) initially opposed to the idea and argued that “you can’t wake up one day and decide to call yourself, say, Alexander the Great”.
Why not? – I replied.
I thanked him for the really great suggestion, as he had just found my new name!
Alexander was such a formidable icon.
He was an invincible fury who conquered most of the world known to the ancient Greeks.
But there is a different reason why I still use that name to this day.
It is a powerful reminder that you should never be afraid to question the rules and revisit your assumptions, particularly when others say “it can’t be done”.