Art, process and design blog of an aspiring industrial designer.

One of my favorite blogs OF ALL TIME and SPACE is written by Maria Popova, and I recently finally watched this video posted on the blog of John Cleese talking about being creative.  He brings up many points which I thought were very true and fascinating, and were points that, at least I felt that, I had forgotten for a while and needed reminding of. For example, you need TIME and SPACE! to be creative. You have to let yourself ponder the situation a bit. You must separate productiveness, diligence, and savy, (on some level) FROM creativity. Both are important, and you must give your brain time for both.

” Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.  It is not a talent. It is a way of operating.”

1. Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”)
2. Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”)
3.Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate thediscomfort of pondering time and indecision.)
4.Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)
5.Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)

Creativity is not an ability you either have or do not have.  It is, for example, absolutely unrelated to intelligence.

(All quotes were taken from the video and from the BrainPickings post found here!)

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