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How to get out of a creative rut

Originally posted to Quora. What does it mean to be “in a rut”? By definition, a rut is a deep track made by the repeated passage of a person or thing. It’s like going out for a walk every day of your life and always taking the same path. Over time that path becomes worn… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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 »

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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 »