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Can silliness produce success?

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Can silliness produce success?

Are silliness and success related? 

An interesting experiment is described in David Bayles and Ted Orland’s book, ‘Art and Fear’.

It tells of a ceramics teacher who divided his students into two groups.

The first group would be marked on their one best pot.

The second group would be marked on how much clay was used to create pots. Fifty pounds would get an ‘A’, 40 lb would get a ‘B’, and so on. Quality was not important, only quantity.

The results were undeniable. All of the high quality pots were produced by the nonquality-focused group.


Since the people in this experiment were people interested in ceramics, there was a natural tendency to improve. However, there was no external reward to improve. The more clay used, the higher the mark.


Many interesting conclusions:

     First, worrying about perfection/quality might inhibit quality.

     Second quality comes with quantity.

     Third, quality can emerge without it being part of the plan.


So what the heck does making lots of clay pots have to do with the title ‘Can silliness lead to success?’, and why do I have such an unusual photo accompanying this article?


The photo is my nod towards the silliness of St. Urho’s Day (March 16), the day honouring St. Urho who drove the grasshoppers out of Finland’s vineyards. It is celebrated with wine, theoretical pitchforks and shouting "Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen!" (Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away!).


Because of the silliness of the celebration, you could make up things to do that stretch someone’s comfort zone without any worry of quality.


Fine motor skill? Peel a grape.


Major muscles? Do a grasshopper 


You can also create your own style of St. Urho Day celebrations. Here is a bit of history of the holiday and reasons why you should celebrate it.


 If you really want to go all out, visit Finland, MN, USA the weekend before or of St. Urho’s Day to improve your skills at doing lots of silly things.



You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. ~Richard Branson


"The more fun you have, the greater your value to yourself and to your society. The more fun you share with others, the more fun you have." ~ the Oaqui


St. Urho's Day Sale!

To celebrate St. Urho's Day, for one week only, we have purple sales, only to be found on this secret page. The secret page is sort of like St. Urho. It is not really a secret, but those in the know have the benefit of knowing.


Is there a purple item on our website you would like to see on sale? 


If we get a request in the comments below, perhaps we will add it to our secret list.


Happy St. Urho's day and the pursuit of doing things. Sometimes, over and over again.

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