Comedian John Cleese on discovering and fostering creativity:
"You need to create a tortoise enclosure so that your little tortoise
mind can—as it's a little, nervous creature—just look around and
think, 'Yes, it's safe to come out.'"
A few of his suggestions:
- Sleep on your problems.
- If you lose something, rewrite it from memory.
- Understand that we don't get our ideas from our laptops.
- Avoid interruptions to maintain trains of thought.
- Spark a mood in which your creativity can emerge.
- Use boundaries of space and time to create an oasis away from stress.
Shannon Hayes: People ask me, “How do you do it all?” The answer is, I don’t … and there’s a good reason for that.
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