|My solution to the Rubik's cube? Remove|
all the stickers and reapply them on the
correct side of the cube.
Often when things go wrong, we are tempted to pout, throw things, shake our fists at fate, or simply give up, but I'm here to say that sometimes, with a little innovation, that mountain standing between you and your goal is really just a speed bump. It's a matter of perspective: if you view a problem as the end-all message from the universe that things were just not meant to be, you'll never finish anything, especially in art. Problems arise all the time, and how a person responds says a lot about character. A creative problem-solver can often find a better solution than a person who always operates within the established operating procedures or always follows the directions (Disclaimer: always follow safety precautions on product labels, I'm not here to promote house fires or inhalation injuries). There's a reason the phrase "thinking outside the box" has become such a cliche: because it's necessary for our continued evolution, whether technologically speaking or otherwise. This is how perspective was invented, oil paint, and many other innovations in the art world. It's how the frugal or found artist works. You take your lemons and make lemon souffle. Or lemonade, whatever. Personally, I'll take the souffle.
Do you have a funny story about a time you had to implement a creative solution in your life? Please share.