There are hundreds of defective or broken things around us every day. Most of the time, because they're depressing, we try desperately to ignore them. But one Bulgarian refuses to see the broken items around him as total junk.

Artist Vanyu Krastev has a very uncomplicated, inexpensive method of repurposing objects others might see as trash: He simply sticks Googly Eyes on stuff, a strategy known as "eyebombing". At the least, this creates a funny face, but quite often, Krastev can use the simple addition to build the impression of all types of creatures. You can view a few quick examples of the effect in the gallery on Tv.WTF.

Be happy, think differently

Krastev's creations are an easy way to give yourself a little cheer when work is letting the air out of your tank, or any time you feel a little blue. That little pick-me-up can make a big difference in how you approach the rest of your day and what you're able to get accomplished. And don't forget the health perks of getting rid of stress, too!

But Krastev's deceptively simple art is also a great challenge in leadership thought. By its nature, it requires looking at something from new angles and imagining what it could be, rather than holding fast to preconceptions about what it is or how it's purposed. That can be surprisingly difficult, simply because letting go of those preconceptions requires being consciously mindful of them and exploring what led you to adopt them in the first place.

Make the concept your own

You don't have to consider yourself an artist to try eyebombing and unleash your creativity. You just need the willingness to slow down a little, to observe. And if eyebombing's not your thing, there are other fun routes. For example, you could use a stubby pencil, pencil top eraser and a Post-It to make a rocket, or you could drape your earbuds to look like the treble clef in music or a snail.

If you're stuck, imagine you're suddenly struck with laryngitis and can't write in any way. What in the room could you put together to get an idea across? Another option is to close your eyes for 10 seconds and then jot down the first thing that comes to mind with the first object in your line of sight. For example, maybe the gently sloping shape of your wood magazine file reminds you of a grand piano.

The main lesson behind Krastev's art is not to take anything at face value. What's around you--and in fact, life--is entirely what you choose to make of it, and getting into an innovative mindset doesn't have to be serious or boring. Just a tiny change can alter your perspective on everything and bring real joy to the people around you.

Published on: Jun 5, 2017