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Trying to become more of an artist I found my self spending a lot of time online reading on the subject of creativity. Then I stumbled upon this book and went into depth into 10 different traits or things creative people do. First book I've listened to on this subject but I thought it was great. It gives examples of artists such as The Beatles, Steve Jobs, Edgar Alan Poe, Alan Watts, Leonardo Davinci and a whole others.
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While a tad disappointed, I didn't hate this book as one other reviewer did. Rather, I found it to be more about the mechanism(s) involved in creativity, not about creating as a whole. Therefore, yes, it wasn't very inspiring. It was, however, interesting, and I did get a few tidbits out of it.
We all know that solitude is necessary for the creative mind at work, but did you know that focusing on a sticky problem in the shower facilitates innovation in ideas? Yup, gonna try that one.
A healthy attitude towards awe, and trying to find the awesome in the everyday is important, but sometimes we forget that. Well... don't because it's necessary; it's something that must be closely observed, dissected. Find out what makes you inspired because of it and tuck it away so that you can apply it to your own work.
Find a balance between mindfulness, living and focusing only on the moment, and complete and unfettered daydreaming. Both are fundamental to being creative and innovative.
Okay, this all sounds a bit pedantic, but actually it was decent listening, though I must say Nick Podehl, usually a great narrator, just plows through the material with the voice of a salesman. If you don't mind that, really, there's a lot of good stuff in here, just don't expect to listen to it and feel vim and vigor, a gee-just-wanna-go-out-create-now feeling; "Wired to Create" is no "Big Magic." Like I said it's more about the science and studies.
BUT, that said, here's a good one: Next time you find yourself stuck, trying to come up with a creative solution, are ready to bang your head against the wall because absolutely nothing new is coming to mind? Try thinking things through whilst standing on the furniture as doing something different from your norm automatically rewires your brain for a time, opening up the door for new possibilities to shine through.
...I tried it... It worked...
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