"Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it. " Dee Hock
When I was looking for quotes for this column I came across one which caught my attention, but the author was totally unknown to me, so I looked him up. Turns out he is someone with some authority to make such a comment.
According to Wikpedia he is the founder of Visa and after spending 16 years in management there he withdrew from the business world for almost 10 years. Then in 1991 he gave an acceptance speech for his Business Hall of Fame induction, saying "Through the years I have greatly feared and sought to keep at bay the four beasts that inevitably devour their keeper - Ego, Envy, Avarice, and Ambition. In 1984 I severed all connections with business for a life of isolation and anonymity, convinced I was making a great bargain by trading money for time, position for liberty, and ego for contentment - that the beasts were securely caged."
It sounds to me as though his whole life has been dedicated to creativity. As I look through some of the blogs that people have written about him and his later books, I have become intrigued. So was this time of withdrawal a cleaning out of the mind that he refers to? Or was that an earlier statement? Something brought him back out of isolation. I don't usually read books about business or business leaders, even though I know there may be value in these stories. But I think I have to go find one of his books. I'll let you know what I think when I do. Or maybe you'll beat me to it.