The following quote is from Seth Godin’s live audio program Leap First (1:55:10). [Some context: Seth’s blog is widely-read, and he’s been running it since 2002. He has never accepted a guest post, preferring to write all content himself.] I got an email. I get these emails all the time —don’t send me one; I […]
Below, you'll find articles on the importance of creative expression. Topics include how to overcome a fear of starting, the role of inspiration in the creative process, and why amateurs can't let creative professionals have all the fun!
This post is the second in a two-part series on using constraints to improve creativity. Part I is here! [C]reative people organize their lives according to repetitive, disciplined routines. They think like artists but work like accountants. — David Brooks, in a NY Times Op-ed I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately, it strikes every […]
This post is the first in a two-part series on using constraints to improve creativity. Part II is here! The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution. — Igor Stravinsky, from Poetics of Music in the Form of Six […]
Some people have all the good ideas. Miles Davis completely reinvented jazz. Like, twice. Elon Musk is changing the way we think about cars. And space travel. There’s (hopefully) a leader in your organization who’s full of clever ideas to make things better. I don’t think these people have more good ideas than the rest […]
We don’t tell ourselves, “I’m never going to write my symphony.” Instead we say, “I am going to write my symphony; I’m just going to start tomorrow.” — Steven Pressfield, The War of Art Reasons it’s hard to do creative work that other people will see: It’s damn scary, and we don’t like scary things. […]
There’s a beautiful painting in my parents’ basement. It was painted by my great-grandfather Hans Spillner, and it depicts a woman looking out a window at a church on a hill. The painting is neither technically masterful nor original (it’s based on a sketch from a children’s reader). It’s the work of an amateur. But […]