你不必追求独创 You Don't Have To Be Original有一种幼稚的看法，认为所谓创新就是彻底摒弃。然而，创新绝非空中楼阁。这篇关于八哥、《美国偶像》和木匠的三个小故事也许会让你不再抓耳挠腮，增加创新的勇气，拓宽创新的思路。 I sat on my deck, enjoying the evening. Birds chirped and fluttered around the birdfeeder in the backyard. Finches
clung to a bag of thistle hanging on a tree branch, only ten
feet from me. They'd grown used to my presence and no longer
flew away, when I stepped out for fresh air. I sat and watched
them pull the thistle through the tiny openings in the fabric.
Their feathers - red, purple and yellow - pleased my eye.
From a distant tree, I heard the song of a cardinal - purdy, purdy, purdy. The song changed. It was a starling. Next, it was
a version of the robin's evening song. A little later it was a
song I couldn't identify.
It was a mocking bird. For more than thirty minutes, he sang through his repertoire of songs. He was loud; his singing
perfect. He didn't have a song of his own. He mocked the songs
of other birds, pieced them together, and created a concert for
I was reminded of "American Idol?" a show my girlfriend, Heather, has me addicted to. Hopeful singers competed against
each other, singing the songs of others - judged by a panel
of three. The top contestants went to Hollywood, where they
competed against others. Each week they were faced with new
challenges. One-by-one they were eliminated, until a winner
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