Overlooking the nail in your head

Always displayed on Andrew Sullivan's web site, Orwell's "to see what's in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle" is advice any creative, entrepreneur or scientist will find valuable. There are of course things that confound simple observation - the probabilistic nature of quantum mechanics and the many cognitive biases to which each of us are prone come to mind - but having a good look around may be humanity's oldest discovery technique.

That's especially true when it comes to personal discovery. Facilitator, business coach and improv aficionado Johnnie Moore uses this very funny video as a reminder "not to fall in love with your schtick," to be open, in other words, to further personal growth or to consider the idea that a nail in your head might just be a nail in your head.

So stay curious! And don't forget to buy your festival pass for IdeaFestival 2013.

Good grief, it hurts just looking at that video.