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–
Just get to work baby!
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