How to Stop Your Creative Thinking

Are you waiting for a muse? Are you telling yourself you are not creative?

Those are two of the limitations creativity author Michael Michalko addresses in his article The Seven Deadly Sins that Prevent Creative Thinking. Here are two excerpts, with some of my comments.

SIN ONE – “People do not believe they are creative. We have been taught that we are the product of our genes, our parents, our family history, our personal history, our I.Q., and our education. Consequently, we have been conditioned to have a fixed mindset about creativity and believe only a select few are born creative and the rest not.”

The painting is “Kiss of the Muse” by Paul Cezanne, from my article Creative talent: genetics, a muse, or hard work? – which also includes a video of author Elizabeth Gilbert from her presentation for a TED Conference (Technology, Entertainment, Design).

The video description notes she considered ‘the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.’

> Continued: How to Stop Your Creative Thinking

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