Creativity Links I

“Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.”                         Og Mandino

Enjoy the following links to awaken your creativity:

Time management secret: do it tomorrow–“trick your reactive mind into doing what your rational mind wants.”

From the blog, How to shut up and enjoy the silence–“Silence is becoming a luxury—the kind it’s still okay to want. Silence lets you rest and reset, ponder and pontificate. The ideas that seem just beyond your mental grasp the rest of the day float effortlessly into your mind. And the world slows down, perhaps by just a few seconds, but enough to catch your breath.”

Fast company slideshow–What’s Disney’s Inspiration? This slideshow features 8 creators with answers to what inspires them.

The powerful link between creativity and play–video from TED ideas worth spreading–“Here’s an incredible video for people struggling with the tension between being “creative” and “playing”. Tim Brown does a wonderful job explaining why “play time” is mission critical to any creative person’s workflow. Hint: We have a lot to learn from children.

How much is your creative time worth? “One of the biggest lessons I learned from reading a bunch of stuff on entrepreneurialism was not how to make money – it was how to put a price tag to my time. Honestly, the first book I read that made me think about that was The Four Hour Work Week, but for one reason or the other, it didn’t click.”

Finally, I will list the main ideas from this link as I need to remember them daily–from David Pierce writing for LivDev–

Finding and storing the creative juices–

“My solution to this dilemma has been to create a system that takes advantage of my creative moments to make my uncreative ones less problematic. In my experience, I’m feeling uncreative far more often than I’m feeling creative. Creativity comes in furious spurts, and I’m slowly learning how to take advantage of those in order to make feigning creativity easier, using tools like these:

1.  Keep a list   2.  Don’t finish what you start   3.  Find new directions 4.  Ask around  5.  Bail

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