Change, Insight, and Creativity

The most boring people I know never change. They live in the same town all their lives. They listen to one news source. They don’t own a television and are not interested in culture of any kind. They think the same thoughts and try to fit the changing world into those thoughts. On the other hand, the most creative people I know are movers and doers. They’ve traveled widely. They’ve educated themselves. They are open to cultures, trends, and popular ideas without taking any of them as holy writ. These kinds of people are not afraid of difference and do not live in fear of the world. How do we become a creative person? Why you do it the Jocelyn Glei suggests in this post. Happy and fortuitous change, my friends.

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3 thoughts on “Change, Insight, and Creativity

  1. “not just traveling but living abroad for an extended period of time
    can improve our capacities for problem solving and creative thinking.
    It turns out that being exposed to cultures that function differently from our own
    – from language to social customs to public transport – awakens the brain, alerting
    it to a much broader range of possibilities for being, living, and making.”

    Well that’s interesting. As she says, you don’t have to do that, but I’d love to get feedback from someone who gives that a try.
    Any takers?

      • That’s good to hear. I think the simple spark of enthusiasm in our lives helps any creative drive we may have enormously. Earnest individuals sitting at their desks, grimly determined to be creative because they think they ought to be, doesn’t sound like a recipe for a major artistitc revelation.

        Change can kindle that enthusiasm out of new circumstances. The trick is then to have the drive, either through discipline or obsession, to get the idea down before Coleridge’s “Person From Porlock” arrives to distract us.

        Off to entertain the public, neatly poised between creativity and the necessary business of earning a living.

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