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Independent Interaction of Sam Wilson

  • Chad Settle

    I like your idea Sam.  It is often to hard to look at nothing but “the big picture”.  It is the smaller, more simple things in life that most will probably rememeber, like;  a friendly gesture, helping a friend move, or just stopping by to say hello to an old friend.  I hope your idea takes off and the smaller things generous people do spawn greater things for us as society.

    Fri, April 23, 2010 at 12:16am
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  • Jansen

    Good post. I’m thinking (small)

    Sat, April 24, 2010 at 6:16pm
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  • lpratt

    genius analysis, what i need to hear. i am going to write a short story before fall.

    Sat, April 24, 2010 at 10:17pm
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  • Sam Wilson

    Thanks Chad, I hadn’t thought of it that way, but you are right… kind works are definitely a big part of being epic on a scale that is very accessible. I like your take on this concept which reminds me much of the “Pay it Forward” movement.

    Jansen and lpratt, thanks for posting and best of luck in your ideas. Think small.

    Sun, April 25, 2010 at 10:20pm
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  • Steven Furlong

    Agreed. Just saying hello to a stranger or making a simple phone call letting someone know that you are thinking of them could change that persons day drastically.
    Remember, Smiles are contagious.

    Tue, April 27, 2010 at 1:51pm
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Epic small

If God is in the details, then heaven must be in the small creative acts. Welcome to a point of view that I call Epic Small.

The problem

Always thinking “big” is a fast road to creative constipation.

The solution

Do something creative this week and share it. The idea isn’t important… the doing is important.


Lots of reasons. Small creative acts spark bigger acts. It’s relaxing. Inspiration. Doing small ideas frequently helps you better navigate larger ideas to completion. And so on. Like Voltaire said

The perfect is the enemy of the good.

Best of all, the creative habit helps you avoid the pitfall of perfectionism.

The inspiration for “Epic Small”

ProgressLex (a local group founded by forward-thinking people like Ben Self) recently put on an unconference entitled Now What Lexington. When I arrived, I hadn’t planned to speak, just to listen. As people were announcing their sessions in the kickoff session, I noticed most every goal was monolith or very abstract. Nothing wrong with that, but balance was needed. I had an idea for a session.

I gave that session (with help from Todd Willey) which I called “Epic Small” and it was unexpectedly very well-received.

It now has a Facebook group Epic Small which I encourage you to join.

What about you?

Feel free to share your small idea here or link to where you announced it. Let’s do this!