I am in favor of cloning.
Now, don’t get the wrong idea. I’m not keen on the idea of cloning sheep, or scary world leaders, or even other people. I’d just want to clone me. Either that, or someone needs to invent a parallel universe in which you can spend time working on projects that need to be done but in which there is no actual passing of real time. For example, I sit down to write at 8:00 and three hours later, the writing is done and it’s still 8:00.
Ah, now I see that I’m getting some nods of agreement.
I read a book recently espousing the importance of marketing in business. It quite rightly noted that the most important function of business was attracting, getting, and keeping customers. That’s called marketing. It also said that businesses make the first big quantum leap when the entrepreneur switches over from “doing” the “thing” to “marketing” the “thing.” I’m eager to make that so-called quantum leap, but am unsure how to remove myself from the “doing” part. Now, if my clone could do a passable job writing and drawing and inking the strip, then I could spend a LOT more time marketing. And if my clone could keep churning out new product designs, I could do even MORE marketing and maybe even sneak in a nap.
I’m an idea guy. I’ve got more ideas than I know what to do with. I have a little notepad and flashlight on my night stand so I can jot things down that occur to me in the middle of the night. I have an Idea Database in which I record my ideas, organized by category. Lately, I have more really, really good ideas than I have time for and it’s a real chore trying to figure out what ideas are worth pursuing now and which ones should be shelved for a later date.
I’m stuck in a strange dichotomy right now. Someday, I’ll be able to hire other designers, and an administrative assistant to help me out with some of the mundane activities that take up big chunk of my time now. I’ll have more time to spend marketing. The difficulty is that unless I figure out how to spend more time marketing now, I’ll never get to the stage where I can hire those said designers and administrative assistant.
What to do, what to do…
Clearly, we need to step up this cloning business. Somebody get me the President.