What the Creatives Themselves Have to Say About Creativity

October 22, 2013

“Everybody is a genius,  but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing that it is stupid.”  – Albert Einstein

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” – Steve Jobs

How to Ruin (or Inspire) a Kid

  1. Believe
  2. Support, Don’t Smother
  3. Pace and Persist (includes modeling self-control and giving kids practice)
  4. Embrace Failure

Excerpt from “The Genius in All of Us” by David Shenk

“People make a great mistake who think that my art has come easily to me….  Nobody has devoted so much time and thought to composition as I.”  – W.A. Mozart in a letter to his father


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