On the plane I was thinking about why some people just have more fun than other people. Roger von Oech came to mind. That dude has a good attitude, plus you can tell he’s smart. But I learned some other stuff too from him that he wasn’t even trying to teach me.
1) Take risks. He called me up, didn’t know if I’d be interested in him. Took a risk. Invested some time getting to know someone new.
2) Spread fun. Soon after meeting me he pulled out some of his stuff and showed me what his new product did. Was generous, brought several for me to hand around the office.
3) Listen and learn. He wanted to know all sorts of things about me. I noticed he was a great listener. You can tell that from the blog post he wrote about me. He didn’t take notes, but was mentally trying to learn something new.
4) A smile goes a long way. I found Roger to make me feel good. Why? Cause he was just happy. I don’t know how else to explain it. I guess that if you are creating products that try to get you to be more creative and innovative that you better be creative and innovative yourself.
Thanks Roger, love my new “Ball of Whacks.”