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The Epitome of Stupidity: Learn From a Trash Can

Can anything good come out from a Trash Can? Gone are the days when all you can get from a trash can is trash, but with benefit of hindsight, we know there is more. Every idea must not always ‘make sense’ before they work. Overtime, people have been engaged in several things that didn’t start out making sense when they began them, but ended up making sense.

Some ideas or businesses others termed “stupid”, is now raking in billions for them. Why? I think it’s because of their doggedness; they believed in themselves and in what they were doing, despite the naysayers and myriad of challenges along the way.

An extract from Natasha Marsh song; *Believe*
"I can do anything at all,
I can climb the highest mountain,
I can feel the ocean calling wild and free.
I can be anything I want,
With this hope to drive me onward..."

History tells us that Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he was told he lacked creativity and ideas. What of David Sarnoff? In the 1920s, he wanted to invest in the radio, but his associates told him, "The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"

Also, when Sara Blakely wanted to start the footless pantyhose, it was considered 'stupid' by some people. According to her, when she approached some lawyers they turned her down, thinking she had been sent by Candid Camera. She became a self made billionaire by turning $5000 of her personal savings to $1 billion dollars.

It has often been said that, "One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

A trash might be a waste bin, but in it lies a lot of materials that can be transformed into something useful. Several creative minds have put together great art pieces from a trash can.

Ann P. Smith, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design makes animals inspired sculptures from broken electronics and machine parts. These delicate birds were made from reclaimed electronic trash.

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Sayaka is an artiste who uses reclaimed plastic material to build her wonderful sculptures. Can you see plastic spoons in the pictures below


Paul Villinski is another artiste that can make artistic works from old soda cans. This butterfly spiral was made from old soda cans.


Now I’m not instigating that you should go on a mad hunt and start rummaging through trash cans…unless of course that has always been an idea you have nursed and never explored.

That Trash Can, can be that abandoned idea or project you have dumped, because you felt it was not sellable. It can be a favorite pastime or skill or handiwork you have not regarded as useful and you have discarded. It could be some physical items you’ve been throwing away, that can be recycled.

What you have that you consider 'not useful’, can be the very thing that can lead to your good success.

Stop discarding those great "stupid" ideas as garbage. Stop listening to pessimists and negative people. Fulfill your dreams; nothing works until you work. Why not Start rummaging through your abandoned 'trash’, you might be sitting on a goldmine without knowing.

The Holy Book says, “There is desirable treasure, and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man squanders it.”

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Efelisa Ifezuo

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