“Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.”
In this great lecture from 1991 John Cleese outlines 5 factors that might help to get your creative juices flowing and – as a little extra – he answers a question that has been bothering me for quite some time now: How many folk singers does it take to change a lightbulb?
- Space (You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressure.”)
- Time (“It´s not enough to create space; you have to create space for a specific period of time.”)
- Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.)
- Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)
- Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)
via: Brian Pickings