A while back I wrote a series titled “Living the Creative Life”. I’m reading it again for inspiration and thought I’d share it with you. Check out the advice these amazing people dish out:
- Leonardo Da Vinci- An Artist’s Advice
- Vitruvious- An Architect’s Advice
- David Bohn- A Physicist’s Advice
- Jonas Salk- A Physician’s Advice
- Eleanor Roosevelt– A Humanitarian’s Advice
- James Watson- A Biologist’s Advice
I’m also reading (sometimes at the same time– does multi-reading count as multi-tasking?) Creativity researcher Keith Sawyer’s Explaining Creativity which summarizes current findings about how Creativity works. Sawyer has a new book out as well, Group Genius, but I thought I’d read his stuff in chronological order. In Explaining Creativity, Sawyer makes recommendations for anyone wanting to be (more) Creative. Check out his list below:
- Make sure that you are doing something you love. Creativity takes years of hard work and dedication.
- Get involved with a group of like-minded people, share ideas and collaborate.
- Don’t worry about who gets credit. When everyone genuinely collaborates, everyone ends up being more creative.
- Build on past ideas, whether or not they are yours. Stay on top of what everyone else is doing, and be open to inspiration from other people’s ideas.
- Create a large network of colleagues, and stay in touch constantly. Put yourself at the center of a creativity web.
- Don’t expect the solution to come fully forged in a flash of insight. Creativity takes time and involves many small sparks of insight, which you need to work hard at weaving together.
- Put yourself in an environment that rewards failure. Creativity is risky; successful creative people are also the ones who fail most often.
- Creativity is inefficient. Don’t expect every idea and every project to pan out. Know when to cut your losses and move on.
This to do list is a bit overwhelming especially when summer has just begun.
The cure? Turn back to simplicity.
So this first day of summer, here’s MY one line advice to you–