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repost: the unfair truth about how creatives succeed

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Creativity: a systems approach

What makes a person creative? As human beings, of course, we are all endowed with the ability to create. But, what is the difference between that kind of “little c” creativity and the world-changing “big C” creativity that changes industries and leaves a legacy for generations to come?

In his decades-long study of creativity, management psychology expert Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi described what he called a “systems approach.” Since “creative” work tends to be subjective, he posited a model that included three systems:

  • The domain
  • The field
  • The individual

In order to be considered creative (in the sense that it offers some kind of enduring work the world remembers), a work must satisfy all three of these areas. Here’s how it works: First, an individual must master his or her craft in a given domain (art, science, mathematics,etc.). Then, this person must offer the creative work to a field of influencers in that domain who are trusted experts. Finally, those gatekeepers must decide whether the work is worth being accepted into the domain as being authoritative.

That’s the systems approach to creativity. And as much as I initially winced at the word “gatekeepers” when considering what makes creative work succeed, once I started reading biographies of famous artists, scientists and musicians, Csikszentmihalyi’s theory made a lot of sense. Talent is only part of the equation. The rest is networking.

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Under the comb the tangle and the straight path are the same.   -Heraclitus

Reading “the obstacle is the way”, validating what I already believe. We can run from our problems, if we don’t see a way around them, then it is best embrace our situation and we find a way through them. 

Focal Point: A Proven System to Simplify Your Life, Double Your Productivity, and Achieve All Your Goals

Amazon says,” The true secret of high achievers is that they know how to find their “”focal point”” — the one thing they should do, at any given moment, to get the best possible results in each area of their lives…”

I am most of the way through this one. Pretty good, but more or less restating what he has in other books. He is great at putting into real actions how to create goals for all the facets  of your life. Its a good easy read for sure and reaffirming to continue on the path you are on.

3 Things To Say No To: Are you hunting antelope or field mice.

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Are you going after big game or are you starving yourself on the easy pickins. “Newt Gingrich was the one that originally came up with this question. A lion is more than capable of killing and eating field mice. The problem with this is the caloric energy required to catch a field mouse is more than the caloric content gained from eating the field mouse. If the lion would eat field mice all day, then it would eventually die of starvation. A lion needs to hunt big animals like antelopes to survive. It takes more time and energy to take down an antelope, but it offers a feast for the entire pride” (http://brandongaille.com/blogging-questions/).

When we start out we want the big game, but not sure how to get it, we go for the field mice every time. from my experience unless you are super blessed and lucky, this is how it has to start. I look at it as practice runs for the real race.

At some point though you have to stop or you will starve.

1: Stop waiting for them to come to you. Go out and find who you need to hunt. start at the top and work your way back. be sure this target is part of what will get you to your goals and serve you best in the long run.

2. Just cant give up the little guys? Hire someone to handle them with you. Just be sure what they bring in will cover the expense of payroll. I hired a draftsman to take on the little additions and remodels that come through, they more than cover his salary and now he can help me with the production work that goes into serving our larger clients more efficiently. And I have to say some of those field mice can become antelope.

3. At some point you will have to let those mice go and say “no, thank you” stick to the idea the those big fish are circling you now and you dont need any catfish muddying the waters.

 

Is Success About Learning? Or Are You Already Just That Good?

“Benjamin Barber …. once said,”I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and failures…. I divide the world into learners and non learners.”

I for one like to hire and work with people who are teachable. I always want to be a student. There is always some one out there that knows more than me.

 

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