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Wrapping your Talent in a Creative Ribbon

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to enhance your appreciation for creative work. Reading time: 4:14

       The custom-made hats in the dress shop looked stunning. And the hat designer was just as captivating.

       ribbon3 A crowd of customers had gathered around a ribbon-strewn table. The talented hat designer mesmerized them with his magic, turning a piece of ribbon into a creative one-of-a-kind hat in a few minutes.

       The lady, visiting the big city for the first time, was amazed. She just had to have a custom-made hat like that. No matter what the cost.

      The crowd dispersed and she found herself alone with the talented hat designer. He obliged.

      In 10 minutes he wove a single piece of ribbon into an attention-commanding, one-of-a-kind, custom-designed hat. She was delighted.

       But then she saw the invoice.  It cost at least three times what she expected. The lady complained. “A $300 hat in 10 minutes made out of ribbon?”

      The hat designer unraveled the ribbon with none of the flair that he had in transforming it into a hat. Then he handed the ribbon to her, saying: “Madam, the ribbon is free. ” Continue reading