Imp Power at Work



How would you do business as unusual in 2016 if you knew – no matter what you chose – you would not fail?


Debbie Millman‘s prompt for Quest 2016 arrived in my inbox as I was in the midst of pondering parts of my personality as an exercise for a class I am taking this weekend.

One of the elements of my personality is my Inner Imp. This is my mischievous, playful self, my trickster spirit, the part of me that wants to trick my partner, shake up people’s assumptions, and turn things topsy-turvy, just to see what happens.

An Imp as it appears in Shin Megami Tensei

Imp from Shin Megami Tensei

This is the part of me that explains itself with “because I could” and “because it was there”.

When the Imp comes out to play, life gets interesting, unexpected, exciting, engaging, and fun. There is an element of danger, but it is always manageable rather than terrifying. The danger is of breaking social norms as opposed to risking physical death.

The Imp stretches the world of possibility open beyond the box I am currently living in.

If I knew I could not possibly fail, I would let my Imp run my business.

Lincoln Imp at Lincoln Cathedral

The Imp at Lincoln Cathedral

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