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The 4-Minute Subway Ride

Can you make something remarkable and sell it in 4 minutes? Anything is possible.

Just yesterday an artist on the S train, also known as the 42nd Street Shuttle that travels back and forth between Times Square and Grand Central, sketched a woman across from me.

Once the subway pulled into Grand Central the artist tore off the paper and handed it to the woman. She gasped in astonishment.

“Do you know how much this would cost on the street? $100,” replied the artist to his own question.

The artist didn’t ask for money and praise, he simply offered a service. The woman accepted his piece with a simple “thank you.”

Constriction forces creativity. But limited time also pushes sales, even if the first 100 products are given away for free.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.