It’s Saturday morning. Lawn tractors all over the country are in high gear (except for the fact that every last blade is scorched in heat wave ’11). If you listen carefully, you can hear something over the hum of the over-horsepowered engines–it’s ideation in high gear.
How many times have you heard someone say, “I had a great idea in the shower this morning” or even “when I was on the mower, I had a thought?” On the other hand, when have you heard “I had an idea while I was answering email today?” While weed eating, we actually have nothing else to do than think.
Several of my friends have a “lawn service,” and I feel sorry for them. 🙂 They are depriving themselves of the opportunity to have undistracted thought time under the guise of personal economics–“my billable is 3 times that of the lawn service.” Here is the problem with that, most of my knowledge working friends have the input on high gear and quiet time on mute. Who knows what million dollar idea will be hatched from the safe perch of a Cub Cadet this weekend.
So, what’s your idea haven? Have you ever had brilliant ideas on a mower? (leave a comment below)
As a bonus, here’s a great little piece about lawns in the us from CBS Sunday Morning: