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Thursday, October 18, 2012

17 Phrases Will Put a Bullet through the Head of Creativity Every Time, Demian Farnworth, Lifehack

You'll need to read, skim or bypass a short introductory discussion about the definition of creativity, but then you'll reach the useful heart of this article.

Under "How We Kill Creativity (and Help Our Competition)," Farnworth writes:
[W]e so often kill great ideas on the spot merely by the things we say. It’s like we push creativity up against the wall—and execute it. ... [L]ook through this list and see if you ever said one of these statements—or if somebody said it to you. Then let’s eliminate them from our vocabulary.
Here are a few examples that I've heard before (Farnworth also discusses each of these and other statements):
2. “You've got to follow the rules.”
7. “That’s not practical.”
8. “You need to be serious.”
12. “I’m not very creative.”
13. “We've tried that and it didn't work.”
This article is featured today (Oct. 18) in Garbl's Creativity Connections--available at the Creativity tab above and by free email subscription.
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