Wednesday, June 08, 2011

The Paradoxes of Creativity

I like this list of paradoxes of creativity from leading creativity thinker Michael Michalko (author of Thinkertoys).

He states that to create, a person must: 
  1. Have knowledge but forget the knowledge.
  2. See unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder.
  3. Work hard but spend time doing nothing.
  4. Create many ideas yet most of them are useless.
  5. Look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different.
  6. Desire success but learn how to fail.
  7. Be persistent but not stubborn.
  8. Listen to experts but know how to disregard them.

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