katespencer
The biggest obstacle to creativity is attachment to outcome. As soon as you become attached to a specific outcome, you feel compelled to control and manipulate what you’re doing. And in the process you shut yourself off to other possibilities.

I got a call from someone who wanted me to lead a workshop on creativity. He needed to tell his management exactly what tools people would come away with. I told him I didn’t know. I couldn’t give him a promise, because then I’d become attached to an outcome — which would defeat the purpose of any creative workshop.’

It’s hard for corporations to understand that creativity is not just about succeeding. It’s about experimenting and discovering.
The more you are like others, the more secure you will feel, yet the more your heart will ache, the more your dreams will be troubled, and the more your soul will slip off into silence. Finally, one day you will have forgotten you have a soul. You will rise, drive through traffic, arrive at work, and not remember how you got there. Once you have reached that condition there is no further need to think about much or face painful choices. You will have developed enough conditioned reflexes to make it through your life on automatic pilot.

-James Hollis, Creating the Life You Want

The more you are like others, the more secure you will feel, yet the more your heart will ache, the more your dreams will be troubled, and the more your soul will slip off into silence. Finally, one day you will have forgotten you have a soul. You will rise, drive through traffic, arrive at work, and not remember how you got there. Once you have reached that condition there is no further need to think about much or face painful choices. You will have developed enough conditioned reflexes to make it through your life on automatic pilot.

-James Hollis, Creating the Life You Want

  • Using this parable, Collins came up with the hedgehog concept, or the three questions you can ask yourself if you're on the right path:
  • What are you deeply passionate about?
  • What can you do better than most others? (or Can you get better at it?)
  • What can you do that will earn you money?
  • The intersection of the answers to these questions is your sweet spot—the one thing you can do best and earn a living from.
When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on your trail — make good art. Cat exploded — make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before — make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter. Do what only you can do best: Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too.
Neil Gaiman
kateoplis

kateoplis:

"All of that…has helped me form what I call my 70 Percent Rule for decision-making. … If we just wrest our eyes, literally and figuratively, from our digital gizmos and the shitty, spoiling impatience they instill, we’ll see that this life, this planet, is amazing. That it is something just to be in the world, seeing and hearing and smelling. That for trillions of miles in every direction from earth, life really is blood-boilingly, eye-explodingly horrific. These situations where I can’t make a choice because I’m too busy trying to envision the perfect one—that false perfectionism traps you in this painful ambivalence: If I do this, then that other thing I could have done becomes attractive. But if I go and choose the other one, the same thing happens again. It’s part of our consumer culture. …So my rule is that if you have someone or something that gets 70 percent approval, you just do it. ‘Cause here’s what happens. The fact that other options go away immediately brings your choice to 80. Because the pain of deciding is over. And…when you get to 80 percent, you work. You apply your knowledge, and that gets you to 85 percent! And the thing itself, especially if it’s a human being, will always reveal itself—100 percent of the time!—to be more than you thought. And that will get you to 90 percent. After that, you’re stuck at 90, but who the fuck do you think you are, a god? You got to 90 percent? It’s incredible!”

All Hail the King

18 Things Creative People Do differently.

They daydream.

They observe everything.

They work the hours that work for them.

They take time for solitude.

They turn life’s obstacles around.

They seek out new experiences.

They “fail up.”

They ask the big questions.

They people-watch.

They take risks.

They view all of life as an opportunity for self-expression.

They follow their true passions.

They get out of their own heads.

They lose track of the time.

They surround themselves with beauty.

They connect the dots.

They constantly shake things up.

They make time for mindfulness.