Space, Time, Time, Confidence, Humor

“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?

  1. Space (You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressure.”)
  2.  Time (“It´s not enough to create space; you have to create space for a specific period of time.”)
  3. 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.)
  4. Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)
  5. 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


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