Skill Of The Creative

The simple paperclip can be a doorway to a creative moment
The simple paperclip can be a doorway to a creative moment
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The ultimate skill of the truly creative person is their ability to survive change no matter how varied it may be.

Acquiring and then expertly utilizing already structured knowledge is the attribute of the very learned.

The creative person is uniquely interested in newness.

That, coupled with a passion for what they do, fires a gut-drive infused with persistence that sustains a vision that never changes.

It’s different than a dream.

It makes the timeline from start to finish,  even if it’s very long (and it often is), seem more bearable.

Even when it looks like failure is following failure yet again this drive wins out because it won’t let them give up easily.

Another word for a creative person like that is “entrepreneur”.

In the 1920’s, and for many years after, Napoleon Hill interviewed one hundred and twenty-five of the most financially successful men of his day.

Know what he discovered? The top two attributes for their success was their persistence and determination. Not intelligence or connections. Too bad Hill himself never nailed down exactly what the nature of persistence and determination was and how to get more of it into your life. He instead got wrapped up in laws and lists of principals. More head brain work for you to do.

All that is a far cry from finally finding out what exactly it is that allows some to survive long periods of discomfort and to maintain a motivation through it all. For creatives who want to ‘make it’ on their own terms it’s as essential as air.

More power to you.

David's signature in what looks-like handwriting. Sort of.

Quotius #2

Every week I intend to dispatch my pent-up creativity by creating a new version of something I call a “quotius”. To learn about the genesis of it go here.

To do is to be Socrates To be is to doPlato


This could easily slip into being one of those deep discussions. I think there is a two-hundred dollar word that describes what these two quotes are all about. The word is “existentialism”.

Now, if this big-ass word has you wanting to close this page right now then I can’t say I blame you. But, before you do, I just want to let you know that you don’t need to head to the hills. I’m not going to go down the long-winded road of some brainy intellectual here.

It’s just not me.

See I never went to Harvard. Never got invited to Cambridge or Oxford. Don’t even know what the inside of Yale or Stanford looks like. My last job was at a water park mixing concrete.

Hardly a prelude to the sacred halls of higher learning.

Nope. If you want the heavy on these quotes best to head on over to the search function at Google Scholar cause you won’t find it here.

All I know about these two quotes is that the two Greek geeks who first penned them were both famous for being head-brain heavies. I can’t hold a candle to them nor do I intend to even try.

I’m just a guy that likes the shape of the Mobius strip. I like certain quotes too so I just combined them to form a kind of word-sculpture that I call a “quotius”.

Demonstrating the kind of elegance that a two-in-one system gives us is why I like to put together these videos. To me at least they are almost self-explanatory in their simplicity.

If there is one thing I could say that would approach heavy it would be this: These two quotes are both about being and doing. Together they seem to be suggesting a systematic relationship with those two things. Since I’m well aware of my beingness I’ll have to lean toward the active side – the doing.

I’m not dead yet and I know I have a lot yet to do.

So, what side of the fence do you stand on?

More power to you.

David is the developer of the H.E.R.O. eMachine

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