To be creative, start with what’s missing

There are a lot of reasons to get into cooking as a profession, being hungry isn’t one of them. Instead, a reason to take up cooking is to learn the art behind the dish, or to help satisfy others, or because you really enjoy a finely crafted meal, or—and most likely—to fill a void you… Read more »

Why your day job won’t kill creativity

Do regular, 9-to-5 jobs kill creativity? If so: how do they stifle it out of people who otherwise might be creatively gifted? What can we do to prevent it? Who’s to blame? Is it common for 9-5 jobs to kill creativity? As TV scriptwriter Stan Hayward puts it: “No. Not at all. Because a creative… Read more »

austinkleon: “Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you…

austinkleon: “Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you free yourself from the comparing and jealous mind, your creativity opens up endlessly. Just as water springs from a fountain, creativity springs from every moment. You must not be your own obstacle. You must not be owned by the environment you are in. You must own… Read more »

What makes your ideas matter

What makes it possible for you to have worthwhile ideas? As TED curator Chris Anderson puts it: “There’s one thing you have that no one else in the world has: Your own first-person experience of life. Yesterday you saw a sequence of things and experiences a sequence of emotions that is, quite literally, unique. You… Read more »

Five books you should read to learn more about creativity

What five books should you read if you want to learn more about creativity but have no idea where to start? I’ve read a lot of books centralized around the concept of creative thinking over the last ten years. Everything from the psychology or creativity to how some of histories greatest artists utilized it in… Read more »

“We must push ourselves to ask the harder question. Not ‘what do THEY want?’ but ‘what do…”

“We must push ourselves to ask the harder question. Not ‘what do THEY want?’ but ‘what do WE have to say?’ We must do the work of looking inside ourselves to find what is beautiful and tremendous within us and summon the courage to put this out. As James Joyce said, ‘in the particular lies… Read more »

What’s the price of your idea?

I like to start my day by reading. Lately I’ve been reading the book Competing Against Luck by Clayton Christensen, a Harvard professor and author who has capitalized on the theory of “Jobs to Be Done.” The theory essentially says that all great innovation comes from serving a particular “job” that people have in their… Read more »

How creatives break away from old ideas

How do we, as creative individuals, break away from old ideas? Ideas that otherwise hold us in their grips because they’re all we’ve known, or because we’re afraid of what might happen if we let go. Brian Tracy gives us a few answers. He says that the most impactful creatives admit when they’re wrong, face… Read more »

What to do when your creativity shows its age

The most difficult thing about my age is feeling attached to every life experience I’ve had thus far. That is: the older we get, the more we build our beliefs based on whatever they were founded on. When a child encounters something new or different, she’s likely to approach it with a natural curiosity. As… Read more »

What a laugh says about your ideas

My favorite reaction to anything creative I do is a laugh. If what I show someone—whether it’s something I’ve written or painted or programmed—can evoke a laugh, I know I’m onto something worthwhile. It’s easy to look at something creative and respond with a less than moved reaction. Having someone say “that’s clever” or getting… Read more »

  • February 21, 2017

    To be creative, start with what’s missing

    There are a lot of reasons to get into cooking as a profession, being hungry isn’t one of them. Instead, a reason to take up cooking is to learn the art behind the dish, or to help satisfy others, or because you really enjoy a finely crafted meal, or—and most likely—to fill a void you… Read more »

    Read More
  • February 20, 2017

    Why your day job won’t kill creativity

    Do regular, 9-to-5 jobs kill creativity? If so: how do they stifle it out of people who otherwise might be creatively gifted? What can we do to prevent it? Who’s to blame? Is it common for 9-5 jobs to kill creativity? As TV scriptwriter Stan Hayward puts it: “No. Not at all. Because a creative… Read more »

    Read More
  • February 18, 2017
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    austinkleon: “Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you…

    austinkleon: “Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you free yourself from the comparing and jealous mind, your creativity opens up endlessly. Just as water springs from a fountain, creativity springs from every moment. You must not be your own obstacle. You must not be owned by the environment you are in. You must own… Read more »

    Read More
  • February 18, 2017
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    What makes your ideas matter

    What makes it possible for you to have worthwhile ideas? As TED curator Chris Anderson puts it: “There’s one thing you have that no one else in the world has: Your own first-person experience of life. Yesterday you saw a sequence of things and experiences a sequence of emotions that is, quite literally, unique. You… Read more »

    Read More
  • February 17, 2017
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    Five books you should read to learn more about creativity

    What five books should you read if you want to learn more about creativity but have no idea where to start? I’ve read a lot of books centralized around the concept of creative thinking over the last ten years. Everything from the psychology or creativity to how some of histories greatest artists utilized it in… Read more »

    Read More
  • February 8, 2017

    “We must push ourselves to ask the harder question. Not ‘what do THEY want?’ but ‘what do…”

    “We must push ourselves to ask the harder question. Not ‘what do THEY want?’ but ‘what do WE have to say?’ We must do the work of looking inside ourselves to find what is beautiful and tremendous within us and summon the courage to put this out. As James Joyce said, ‘in the particular lies… Read more »

    Read More
  • February 6, 2017
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    What’s the price of your idea?

    I like to start my day by reading. Lately I’ve been reading the book Competing Against Luck by Clayton Christensen, a Harvard professor and author who has capitalized on the theory of “Jobs to Be Done.” The theory essentially says that all great innovation comes from serving a particular “job” that people have in their… Read more »

    Read More
  • February 2, 2017

    How creatives break away from old ideas

    How do we, as creative individuals, break away from old ideas? Ideas that otherwise hold us in their grips because they’re all we’ve known, or because we’re afraid of what might happen if we let go. Brian Tracy gives us a few answers. He says that the most impactful creatives admit when they’re wrong, face… Read more »

    Read More
  • January 31, 2017
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    What to do when your creativity shows its age

    The most difficult thing about my age is feeling attached to every life experience I’ve had thus far. That is: the older we get, the more we build our beliefs based on whatever they were founded on. When a child encounters something new or different, she’s likely to approach it with a natural curiosity. As… Read more »

    Read More
  • January 30, 2017
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    What a laugh says about your ideas

    My favorite reaction to anything creative I do is a laugh. If what I show someone—whether it’s something I’ve written or painted or programmed—can evoke a laugh, I know I’m onto something worthwhile. It’s easy to look at something creative and respond with a less than moved reaction. Having someone say “that’s clever” or getting… Read more »

    Read More