Mona Lisa’s Challenge to Monster Trucks

Mona Lisa’s Challenge to Monster Trucks

By: Leo N. Ardo

Yesterday this tweet inspired the blog post that follows. Be sure to check the blog-posting link.  A special thanks to Jade Varden for this and all the other great links she provides.

Jade Varden @JadeVarden Can creativity be taught? Listen to the Voices of Fiction to find the answer ‪ 

Note: The use of “we” in this article is meant to honor the teamwork I was lucky to experience with the people I worked for and with.

For 35+ years I went to work each day at jobs classified as manufacturing. We assembled stuff, measured our performance, and tweaked something everyday hoping to increase our bottom line. We introduced new products, improved processes, managed expansions, crunched numbers, and had fun—Most of the time.

When I run into former teammates, they are truly surprised by my new occupation. I hear, “You are a writer?! Really?” Most would classify me as a practical, procedure-driven number cruncher.

It’s true that my early writing was business-like. The detail was in the process and business portions of the stories—Not in the characters or plot where it should be. (It was my “blue” period). Still much to learn and style to develop, but the stories are receiving good reviews and a few ‘Oh my gosh. This is good’ comments.

My conclusion is creativity exists in each of us. It needs a trigger, or opportunity, to set it free.


Creativity takes many forms: paintings, novels, sculptures, poetry, furniture design, architecture, rebuilt classic cars, monster trucks, or pick your favorite. Is the Mona Lisa, an unfinished painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, more creative than the mechanic designing original torsion bars on a monster truck? When a classic car buff has to decide how to work around a part he cannot find—He is using creativity. Creativity can be applied to many situations. Perhaps, even the project management plans from my former career.

It’s true that art is in the eyes of the beholder. An argument can be made about what should, or should not, be added to the art category. If enough unique creativity is directed at an object, it produces art. Art is the ‘thing’ that speaks to our soul.


ImageLeo N. Ardo: – I am a thirty-five year veteran of small business, and author of the Jon Hersey – Industrial Spy series. I enjoy photography, fly fishing, biking, and embellishing our travel experiences in journals titled Exaggerated Tales of an Ordinary Man.

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Hoping life blesses you with good stories!


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