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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/n">Hell Yeah or No</a>”:</div>
<h1>Obvious to you. Amazing to others.</h1>
<small>2010-11-21</small>
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	Any creator of anything knows this feeling:
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	You experience someone else’s innovative work.
	It’s beautiful, brilliant, breath-taking.
	You’re stunned.
	Their ideas are unexpected and surprising, but perfect.
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	You think, “I never would have thought of that. How do they even come up with that? It’s genius!”
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	Afterwards, you think, “My ideas are so obvious. I’ll never be as inventive as that.”
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	I get this feeling often.
	Amazing books, music, movies, or even amazing conversations.
	I’m in awe at how the creator thinks like that.
	I’m humbled.
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	But I continue to do my work.
	I tell my little tales.
	I share my point of view.
	Nothing spectacular.
	Just my ordinary thoughts.
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	One day someone emailed me and said, “I never would have thought of that. How did you even come up with that? It’s genius!”
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	Of course I disagreed and explained why it was nothing special.
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	But afterwards, I realized something surprisingly profound:
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	Everybody’s ideas seem obvious to them.
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	I’ll bet even John Coltrane or Richard Feynman felt that everything they were playing or saying was pretty obvious.
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	So maybe what’s obvious to me is amazing to someone else?
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	Hit songwriters often admit that their most successful hit song was one they thought was just stupid, even not worth recording.
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	We’re clearly bad judges of our own creations.
	We should just put them out there and let the world decide.
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	Are you holding back something that seems too obvious to share?
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