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More Thoughts on Creativity

Sometimes, creativity is taking what others have done well and building upon it. 

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In that vein, here are some longer reads for your longer weekend to get those creative juices flowing. Dive in and let the creative waters wash over you. Here's to hoping you find that creative inspiration somewhere (because you do have to find it; it won't find you while you're idle).

Isaac Asimov’s Advice for Being Creative (Hint: Don’t Brainstorm) from Cal Newport

While group activities like brainstorming might be useful for lightweight projects, like coming up with a new slogan for an advertisement, if you’re instead trying to solve an unsolved proof, or, more pressingly, improve ballistic missile defense, there’s no way to avoid learning hard things and then thinking hard about what you learned, hoping to tease out a new connection.

Young Delacroix on the Importance of Solitude in Creative Work and How to Resist Social Distractions from Brain Pickings

I must work alone. I think that going into society from time to time, or just going out and seeing people, does not do much harm to one’s work and spiritual progress, in spite of what many so-called artists say to the contrary. Associating with people of that kind is far more dangerous; their conversation is always commonplace. I must go back to being alone.

The 10 Qualities of Creative Leaders from Farnam Street

One of the qualities that David Ogilvy looks for in creative leaders? The courage to make tough decisions.

And, here are my thoughts from last week on why you must make time to be creative.

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