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	At the last apartment I rented, everything was white on white when I arrived.
	White walls, counters, table, furniture, and carpet.
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	So I took it one step further, bought five blank canvases, and hung them around the apartment.
	Especially one big one, right at the entrance.
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	Visitors would get upset, saying, “You’ve got to put something there! You can’t just leave it blank! It needs color!”
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	I’d say, “Good point. Like what. What do you imagine?”
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	They’d say, “Y’know, like some bold splashes of dark red, but not too heavy. Something with clean lines.”
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	I’d say, “Hmm.... I’m not sure what you mean. Can you describe it more?”
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	They’d stare at the blank canvas a bit, and go into more detail about what should be on it.
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	Eventually I’d say, “Nah. Not going to do it.”
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	“Why not?!?”
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	“The reason I love the blank canvas is because it makes everyone daydream.
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	The process of imagining what should be there is much more fun than having something there already.
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	There have been a hundred paintings imagined onto that canvas.
	It’s got unlimited potential.
	It’d be a shame to wreck that with a bunch of paint.”
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	The blank page starts with unlimited potential.
	But each word you add reduces its possibilities.
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	Same thing with that business idea you’ve had forever.
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	Or that beautiful person you haven’t spoken with.
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	So maybe you should just leave them in your imagination, where they’re at their best.
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