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 […]
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!
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 […]
What do we owe musicians? What if the answer is . . . nothing? I’m reading Seth Godin’s excellent book What to Do When It’s Your Turn (and It’s Always Your Turn), and I’m struck by this passage on page 99: [The] feeling of being owed is toxic. And on page 101: What do we […]