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  • Creativity and Ego

    Creativity and Ego

    “My personal creative process has always been very torturous, because I try to be a perfectionist. That’s the way the ego works.”  Director Alejandro González Iñarritu, who goes on to say about ego: “It’s extraordinarily demanding; it’s a dictator; and it can push you to bring out the best in yourself. “But at the same […]

  • Misfits May Be Innovators

    Misfits May Be Innovators

    “It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.” Steve Jobs
    According to some writers and research, some of the “big names” of creativity and innovation share personal qualities with various sorts of “misfits.”
    In her F…

  • Pursuing Creative Passion: Photographer Natalie Fobes

    Pursuing Creative Passion: Photographer Natalie Fobes

    How does our self concept, our identity, affect creative expression?
    How do we find creative passions and how does pursuing them demand changes in our life?
    One example of an artist who has addressed these questions is Natalie Fobes.
    A bio on her site …

  • ADHD and the Creative Mind

    ADHD and the Creative Mind

    “I have always had a bit of a difficult time focusing on things that aren’t interesting to me…” Lisa Ling added, “I get really, really anxious before taking any kind of test or having any kind of evaluation. As a journalist, when I’m immersed in a story, then I feel like I can laser-focus. “But […]

  • Eric Maisel on Creating Fearlessly

    Eric Maisel on Creating Fearlessly

    In his online class How to Create Fearlessly, psychologist and creativity coach Eric Maisel provides strategies to help people create more freely and effectively. From the class description: “All day long we’re supposed to get things right: pay our bills, pick up our kids, and so on. It is very hard to move from this […]

  • Do Artists Have Unique Brains?

    Do Artists Have Unique Brains?

    “The artist group had significantly more grey matter in an area of the brain.” A BBC news story reports on research that concludes “Artists have structurally different brains compared with non-artists. Brain scans revealed that artists had increased neural matter in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery. “The research, published in NeuroImage, […]


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  • What Variety of Creative Person Are You?

    What Variety of Creative Person Are You?

    We may watch a movie or TV show, read a novel or listen to music, and appreciate that the authors, those identified as artists, are certainly “creative types” – but what about the producers and set designers?
    Or the computer engineers…

  • Being Idle To Be More Creative

    Being Idle To Be More Creative

    “I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness – to save oneself trouble.”
    Agatha Christie [via brainyquote.com]
    We may feel pressured t…

  • Do You Feel A Calling to Be Creative?

    Do You Feel A Calling to Be Creative?

    What leads, urges, even compels so many of us to be creatively expressive?
    Given that everyone is creative to some degree, why do many people choose careers in the arts, or work that actively engages their creativity?
    Most of us will never be actors or…

  • Mistakes Fuel Creativity and Innovation

    Mistakes Fuel Creativity and Innovation

    What seems to be a setback, error or limitation, may often be valuable for encouraging more creative thinking and innovation.
    Valerie Young writes about two “mistakes” that resulted in very successful products:
    “Did you know, for exam…

  • Success As A Creative Entrepreneur

    Success As A Creative Entrepreneur

    “The act of making something new makes us vulnerable.”
    That is a comment by artist and creative business consultant Lisa Sonora Beam, who writes in her book “The Creative Entrepreneur” about the variety of challenges that creati…

  • Artist Robert Genn on Happiness and Art

    Artist Robert Genn on Happiness and Art

    In an issue of his newsletter, artist Robert Genn notes that in his book “Against Happiness” writer Eric Wilson “disparages our current love affair with putting on a happy face.”
    Wilson thinks that with our “feel good” culture and t…

  • Trauma and Addiction: Colin Farrell and Other Creative People

    Trauma and Addiction: Colin Farrell and Other Creative People

    “Basically, I’d been fairly drunk or high since I was 14.” Colin Farrell
    Why do so many creative people use and abuse drugs, often to the point of addiction?
    There is of course no easy answer, but one of the factors for many people ma…

  • Journaling to Bring Creative Ideas to Life

    Journaling to Bring Creative Ideas to Life

    Maybe you kept a diary – or still do. Or use a notebook as a helpful tool for personal growth, or to track ideas.
    Artists, as well as entrepreneurs and other creative people, often use storyboards, journals, mindmapping and other idea tools for d…

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