Friday, July 08, 2011

Doing Creativity the Steve Martin Way

These thoughts were inspired by some works of the comedian Steve Martin and have been toned down a little!

"All knowledge is or is about to become old-fashioned. There is room for something new".

Remember that all but the greatest theory, most of the data and knowledge acquired by scientists will become increasingly irrelevant as it is supplanted by new theory and applicable data. Someone has to provide that new theory and data, why shouldn't it be you?

"There is no harm in charging oneself up with delusions between moments of valid inspiration".

It's OK to fantasize about success. Dream your wild-ass dreams. Creativity is often manic. Just remember that there is a reason folks talk about manic depression. In the end, most of your ideas won't work out. That's normal. Creativity is about generating 100 ideas, so that you can recognise just one good one.

"It was easy to be great. Every entertainer has a night when everything is clicking. These nights are accidental and statistical. Like lucky cards in poker, you can count on them occurring over time. What was hard was to be good, consistently good, night after night, no matter what the abominable circumstances".

When you find your niche, when you have your business idea, make sure that you are consistently good at what you do, no matter what the circumstances or market conditions.

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