Creativity is not the lone genius myth, it is actually the result of connectedness.
When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.
It is about knowing what and how to observe and directing your attention accordingly: what details do you focus on? What details do you omit? And how do you take in and capture those details that you do choose to zoom in on? In other words, how do you maximize your brain attic’s potential? …Everything we choose to notice has the potential to become a future furnishing of our attics.
Catch the drifting as it happens, refocus, then repeat as necessary. That’s it.
“Your ability to recognize what your mind is engaging with, and control that, is really a core strength,” said Peter Malinowski, a psychologist and neuroscientist at Liverpool John Moores University in England.
Your job is to collect good ideas. The more good ideas you collect, the more you can choose from to be influenced by.
And once we have all of this in its right place… we can start to know what Picasso meant when he said, “If they took away my paints I’d use pastels. If they took away my pastels I’d use crayons. If they took away my crayons I’d use pencils. If they stripped me naked and threw me in prison I’d spit on my finger and paint on the walls.” Or what Michelangelo meant when he said that the sculpture was in the stone; it was his job to release it.
Creative people combine playfulness and discipline.
If you sit down in the same place every day and try to make something happen, something will.
The question becomes, what happens if you hit the wall? Because we’ve all got experience with this. You’re working on a creative problem, and then all of a sudden that feeling of progress disappears…What you should do then is get away from your desk. Step away from the office. Take a long walk. Daydream. Find some way to relax…The answer will only arrive once you stop looking for it.
There’s no word in the Tibetan language for “creativity” or “being creative.” The closest translation is “natural.”
Start with a growth mindset, the deep-seated belief that your true potential is still unknown. That you are not limited to only what you have been able to do before.
This article is a mishmash of excerpts from other sources, none of the writing here is original. Each paragraph was taken from somewhere else and put into the article as an experiment in creative play to see what would happen if multiple ideas around creativity were put into one format.