From Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit
Articles tagged “inspiration”
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Steve Jobs during his Stanford Commencement speech in 2005
I’ve always believed that those who are truly creative are easy to spot, not only because they have great ideas, but because they work hard.
Yet, I could never really express why I believed that sentiment. I only knew in my gut that it was true. Now I think I’ve figured out exactly why this is a true statement about creative people.
If you have good, unique ideas, then you’re using creativity, and that’s great. But there’s more to creativity than just having intangible ideas.
To be truly creative is to have ideas on how to turn your ideas into something more.
Creativity allows you to not only have an idea, but to find ways to move the idea forward as well. That’s a true sign of creativity. Think about it. The best creative individuals are those who not only have ideas, but who find ways to act on those ideas by using the very same process they utilized for coming up with ideas in the first place.
Think of anyone in history who has inspired you creatively. You’ll probably immediately recall the work they did, not only the ideas they had. Edison with the incandescent light bulb, Warhol with his stacked cans of soup, Jobs and the iPhone, O’Keeffe with her vibrant flowers.
That’s true creativity I think. The ability to have ideas and then to use creativity to make those ideas more than just thoughts that float aimlessly around in your head.
Of course anyone can have ideas – ideas for companies to start, or artwork, or ideas for books to write – but it’s those who use their creativity to make their ideas into more than just ideas that we readily associate with creativity.
If you’re going to prove your creative worth, find a way to utilize your abilities to turn your ideas into more than just ideas. That’s creativity at its best.
Illustration by Steve Hammond.
“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.”
Neil Gaiman in his 2012 keynote address for The University of Arts
“No matter how brilliant, talented, exceptional and wonderful the student may be, without work there is nothing but potential and talk.”
Celebrating Louis Danziger's 90th birthday. Also relevant: “When you work regularly, inspiration strikes regularly.”
“If I dismiss the ordinary — waiting for the special, the extreme, the extraordinary to happen — I may just miss my life. […] To allow ourselves to spend afternoons watching dancers rehearse, or sit on a stone wall and watch the sunset, or spend the whole weekend rereading Chekhov stories—to know that we are doing what we’re supposed to be doing — is the deepest form of permission in our creative lives. The British author and psychologist Adam Phillips has noted, “When we are inspired, rather like when we are in love, we can feel both unintelligible to ourselves and most truly ourselves.” This is the feeling I think we all yearn for, a kind of hyperreal dream state. We read Emily Dickinson. We watch the dancers. We research a little known piece of history obsessively. We fall in love. We don’t know why, and yet these moments form the source from which all our words will spring.”
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