If there's anyone who knows how to be creative it's John Cleese...and if there was ever a "must watch" video for any creative person or anyone who aspires to be, it's this one---John Cleese's brilliant 1991 lecture on how to create conditions in your life that make you more open to being creative. Thanks to the folks at Brainpickings who posted this, you've got a variety of viewing options...you can watch just the shorter 5-factors excerpt, the whole lecture from 1991 or a 2009 version of John Cleese giving this same lecture. We promise that you will feel more creative and smarter whichever one you listen to. Thank you, Professor Cleese.
Brain Pickings: ‘Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.’...In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 lecture, John Cleese offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and comedic genius. Specifically, Cleese outlines “the 5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative”:
Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”)
Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”)
Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.)
Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)
Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)