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4 Lessons In Creativity From John Cleese

4 Lessons In Creativity From John Cleese | Film Futures |
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Who'd have thought that John Cleese would be so successful as an educator and speaker on creativity? Well, actually it's not that much of a stretch of the imagination. As an actor and writer he understands the creative process. As a performer he knows how to engage an audience and take them on a journey, as any good educator should do.

Having just finished another round of education, I'm happy to find elements of what I've learned showing up in disparate places. It confirms that the experience wasn't complete crap. Not that I suspected it was.

Over the years, I've had to learn and relearn a good number of important lessons. A biggie, that creativity is not the sole domain of artists. Well actually, I pretty much figured that one out hanging out with "artists" in film school in the early 1990s. That didn't go over so well, funnily enough. Still, sometimes you need to be reminded that creativity isn't a special gene but rather a state of mind. Creativity is in all of us. We just need to give our minds the temporal and emotional space to let it do its thing.

Another important lesson from my recent studies echoes a point Cleese raises. Defer making a decision as long as you can. I'm talking about creative decisions here. This practice might not serve you so well in other situations. Give your mind (or unconscious, as Cleese terms it) time to mull over the situation and come up with options. Deciding too quickly can leave great ideas on the table or lead you down the wrong path.

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Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking | The Creativity Post

Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking | The Creativity Post | Film Futures |
Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught.

Via Gust MEES, Jan Bergmans
Gust MEES's curator insight, December 3, 2015 5:17 PM
Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught.

Creative thinking is work. You must have passion and the determination to immerse yourself in the process of creating new and different ideas. Then you must have patience to persevere against all adversity. All creative geniuses work passionately hard and produce incredible numbers of ideas, most of which are bad. In fact, more bad poems were written by the major poets than by minor poets.

Thomas Edison created 3000 different ideas for lighting systems before he evaluated them for practicality and profitability. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart produced more than six hundred pieces of music, including forty-one symphonies and some forty-odd operas and masses, during his short creative life. Rembrandt produced around 650 paintings and 2,000 drawings and Picasso executed more than 20,000 works. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets. Some were masterpieces, while others were no better than his contemporaries could have written, and some were simply bad.

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