Gifted and High Achieving students often give up easily when they feel they cannot reach a level of perfection they wish for in a subject area. I often find them throwing away all their ideas and concepts, because they don’t feel it is good enough. Like Bill Gates and Thomas Edison we need to help kids see that early ideas, doodles, and even “mistakes” are often the source of genius. This lesson is meant to inspire creative thinking and to “think outside the box” by teaching children to keep a journal of all their concepts and ideas for one school year. It enables them to find their passion and search through ideas they though were silly at the time but may later be a source of creativity. Blank or lined notebook paper gives students a blank canvas to work with for creative expression of their ideas. This lesson is a list of ideas meant to inspire and train students to fill a journal, using zany and whacky ideas that reflect their year. It can be used as an idea for “early finisher” in GATE classes or an art journal of sorts. It was designed to inspire mistakes but to still be “school appropriate”.