Does it matter how fast you go?

In the medium sized room that is my office I have at least 7 ways of telling time, not counting calendars or special apps for timing or tracking time or “managing” time, or the various messages about time that I might hear from various project materials, office records, administrative flotsam, even the voice mail light […]

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Is this your creative work or someone else’s?

Does the creative project you’re working on, trying to work on, or feeling you should be working on actually belong to you? Are you painting the kind of picture that you think will bring you recognition or customers or self-respect? If that’s a result of the creative product, how lovely. If it’s the real engine […]

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Doing everything but what you really want

A principle of many diets is that we should go ahead and eat a moderate amount of what we really crave. Otherwise we will eat our way through a lot of other food we didn’t really want, trying to satisfy a hunger that won’t quiet until we have the thing we actually crave. However useful […]

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What would you do with creative genius ?

Creative genius is a controversial idea. In the past decade or so ideas about all sorts of genius are moving away from exceptional giftedness ( you’re specially able or you’re not, a genetic lottery ticket) and toward practice-makes-brilliance (many thousands of hours of focused, deliberate practice bring mastery and exceptional performance). While studying Einstein’s life […]

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The good stuff: Persistence

While I was doing my doctoral thesis on Einstein’s work, one of the top five things that impressed me was the awful, critical need to survive the long slog, the longest period in any deeply creative project, or indeed deeply creative life, when it’s just not fun and it often seems for nothing, but without […]

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Ten things I want for you

My fascination is understanding how new ideas, discoveries, inventions, expressions and other creations of useful originality are accomplished and experienced by the individuals who pursue them from spark to finish.   What I want for you, one of those people who want to create the whole spark to finish adventure for yourself, or experience it more […]

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Does it matter if creativity is useful?

Super Bowl Sunday approaches. What I do about that is remember to ask someone who will be playing, so I’m not completely blank when faced with a conversational reference in the following week. Lately, though, the after-game conversations will be as much about the remarkably creative commercials as about the game or contestants. Is a […]

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Creativity loves company

One of the most enjoyable and effective ways to consciously construct a creativity-inducing environment is to be around creative people doing their creative things.   Ideally this is done carbon-based, in real life 3D, but virtual is a fine substitute or supplement.  The creative company you keep need not be related to the kind of creative work […]

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All the time you need

What if you have all the time you need to do your creative work and creative play?   Not what if you had all the time you need. What if you have it, already, even if you can’t see it or find it, don’t own or or deserve it, don’t have evidence or permission. But you […]

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Being there vs Getting there

We tend to think of characteristics in the absolute of the verb to be. You are courageous. I am patient. She is outrageous. Except we probably weren’t always thus. We became thus. It’s a small distinction, easily missed and undervalued. I noticed it again when I read this phrase in the subtly brilliant Breaking Out […]

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