I just read Dean Rieck's 8 Bad Habits that Crush Your Creativity And Stifle Your Success. I thought it was a great article (found here) and just wanted share a few comments that came to mind when I read it. Given the following definitions:
- Creating: generating new ideas, visualizing, looking ahead, considering the possibilities.
- Evaluating: analyzing and judging, picking apart ideas and sorting them into piles of good and bad, useful and useless.
- Freewriting is an exercise designed to clear mental and/or emotional space and to allow ideas to come to the surface before you think, edit, sort, etc. In a freewriting exercise, you don't take your pen off the paper (finger off the keys). You keep writing even if you draw a blank "I don't know what to write", "I don't know what to write"... The results are for your eyes only, so you don't stop to tidy up sentences, grammar, spelling. You may diverge from the topic, but that's ok and part of the exercise. You keep writing for about 10 minutes. Then you go back and review what you wrote and within you'll find ideas to work with for your topic. You may also find some ideas that are otherwise blocking you and need to be addressed separately - later.
Failure - To Fear or Embrace.
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Sir James Dyson is an example I like to use. He said that an inventor's life is one of failure. He made 5,127 prototypes of his vacuum before he got it right. That means there were 5,126 failures en route. By learning from each failure, he came up with the ultimate vacuum. Seeing why something fails can suggest another path, which may lead to success. "No one wants to make mistakes or fail. But if you try too hard to avoid failure, you’ll also avoid success."
addtl info: Failure Doesn't Suck