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<title>Why wreck a blank canvas? </title>
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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 day-dream.
<strong>The process of imagining what should be there is much more fun than if something was already there.</strong>
There have been a hundred paintings imagined onto that canvas.
It's got unlimited potential.
<strong>It'd be a shame to wreck that with a bunch of paint.</strong>”
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The blank page starts with unlimited potential.
But <strong>each word you add reduces its possibilities.</strong>
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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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OR...
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MAYBE...
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The one thing that would be even <strong>better</strong> is if you
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<img src="http://sivers.org/images/blank.jpg" width="500" height="451" alt="blank canvas" />
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