Get yourself a Creation MythPosted: July 16, 2016
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GET YOURSELF A “CREATION MYTH”.
1. A very dated-looking photograph from 1978. Eleven young, goofy-looking techies. They turn out to be the founding members of Microsoft, including Bill Gates.
2. Michael Dell founding his computer empire in his dorm room at the University of Texas.
3. Ben & Jerry’s started making ice cream in a converted gas station in Vermont.
4. The business guru, Tom Peters often writes about how his time as a young man serving in the US Navy helped evolve his now-famous worldview.
5. The Beatles playing those early gigs at The Cavern Club in Liverpool.
6. The famous tech blogger, Robert Scoble talking about his job working in a discount camera store, back when he was a kid, and how that informed his career.
7. How a bunch of young, angry social misfits start a small nightclub, the Cabaret Voltaire, in 1916 Zurich [at the height of World War One] and in the process invent Dada, one of the 20th Century’s most influential art movements.
8. Abe Lincoln was born in a log cabin.
9. Mssrs. Hewlett and Packard starting a elecctronics firm in a garage in Palo Alto.
So… What do these all have in common?
They’re all Creation Myths. That’s right; just like The Garden of Eden.
We humans seem to need them, somehow. They manage to articulate who we really are, somehow. The help explain our core values, somehow.
And for whatever reason, REALLY successful people are even more likely to have them, even more likely to need them, somehow.
Does your schtick have a good creation myth? If not, maybe it needs one?
Think about it.