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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Seven Habits of Highly Creative People | Linda Naiman, Creativity at Work

Naiman's article is an homage to Stephen Covey (Oct. 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012).

Naiman writes:
Make a habit of these seven practices, and you will be highly creative in your field.
Here are the headings and quotations that introduce each of the seven practices:
1 Prepare the ground
“In creating, the only hard thing’s to begin; A grass-blade’s no easier to make than an oak.”—James Russell Lowell
2 Plant seeds for creativity
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we create the world.” —The Buddha
3 Live in the question
“Be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart. And try to love the questions themselves.” —Rainer Maria Rilke
4 Feed your brain
“If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like old faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting.” —Ray Bradbury
5 Experiment & explore
“I make more mistakes than anyone else I know, and sooner or later, I patent most of them.”—Thomas Edison
6 Replenish your creative stock
“As artists, we must learn to be self nourishing.” —Julia Cameron
7 The secret to liberating your creativity
While there is no magic bullet that will liberate your creativity, it can be helpful to remember how you played as a child.—Linda Naiman
  Naiman concludes:
Creativity takes on many forms in business, art, design, education and science. When we express our creativity in these domains, we have the ability to make life and work a work of art.
This article is featured in today's (July 19) Garbl's Creativity Connections -- available at the Creativity tab above and by free email subscription.

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