What i learn from Jonah Lehrar’s “How to be creative”

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Getting feedbacks, sharing our problems and ideas with other expertise may lead to a good answer. That is cross pollination with experts outside the field.

 He says a story for hardest problems. “How POST IT NOTE paper formed” Sometimes, Epiphany view help creating innovation.

Relaxation might help you. Sometimes many breakthroughs happen in the unlikeliest of places.

Einstein once declared, “Creativity is the residue of time wasted.”

Mind it  relaxation only won’t help you, you just need to keep on working,

“All great artists and thinkers are great workers” Creativity consists of lot of sweating and failure. It known as Rejecting process.

he only discovered the design because he refused to stop thinking about it.

“feelings of knowing” This ability to calculate progress is an important part of the creative process. If we don’t feel that we’re getting closer, what we can do is forgot about the work for a while. But when those feelings of knowing are telling us that we’re getting close, we need to keep on struggling.

If you’re trying to be more creative, one of the most important things you can do is increase the volume and diversity of the information to which you are exposed.

Steve Jobs famously declared that “creativity is just connecting things.” Although we think of inventors as dreaming up breakthroughs out of thin air, Mr. Jobs was pointing out that even the most far-fetched concepts are usually just new combinations of stuff that already exists. Under Mr. Jobs’s leadership, for instance, Apple didn’t invent MP3 players or tablet computers—the company just made them better, adding design features that were new to the product category.

 Mr. Jobs argued that the best inventors seek out “diverse experiences,” collecting lots of dots that they later link together. Instead of developing a narrow specialization, they study, say, calligraphy (as Mr. Jobs famously did) or hang out with friends in different fields. Because they don’t know where the answer will come from, they are willing to look for the answer everywhere.

 

Found that entrepreneurs with the most diverse friendships scored three times higher on a metric of innovation. Instead of getting stuck in the rut of conformity, they were able to translate their expansive social circle into profitable new concepts.

 

the ability to be alone with your thoughts. And yet I submit to you that solitude is one of the most important necessities of true leadership.

 

Kissing up to the people above you, kicking down to the people below you. Pleasing your teachers, pleasing your superiors, picking a powerful mentor and riding his coattails until it’s time to stab him in the back. Jumping through hoops. Getting along by going along.

 

Thinking means concentrating on one thing long enough to develop an idea about it

 

You do your best thinking by slowing down and concentrating.

 

When you expose yourself to those things, especially in the constant way that people do now—older people as well as younger people—you are continuously bombarding yourself with a stream of other people’s thoughts. You are marinating yourself in the conventional wisdom. In other people’s reality: for others, not for yourself. You are creating a cacophony in which it is impossible to hear your own voice, whether it’s yourself you’re thinking about or anything else. That’s what Emerson meant when he said that “he who should inspire and lead his race must be defended from travelling with the souls of other men, from living, breathing, reading, and writing in the daily, time-worn yoke of their opinions.” Notice that he uses the word lead. Leadership means finding a new direction, not simply putting yourself at the front of the herd that’s heading toward the cliff.

 

So why is reading books any better than reading tweets or wall posts? Well, sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes, you need to put down your book, if only to think about what you’re reading, what you think about what you’re reading. But a book has two advantages over a tweet. First, the person who wrote it thought about it a lot more carefully. The book is the result of his solitude, his attempt to think for himself.

 

Second, most books are old. This is not a disadvantage: this is precisely what makes them valuable. They stand against the conventional wisdom of today simply because they’re not from today. Even if they merely reflect the conventional wisdom of their own day, they say something different from what you hear all the time. But the great books, the ones you find on a syllabus, the ones people have continued to read, don’t reflect the conventional wisdom of their day. They say things that have the permanent power to disrupt our habits of thought.]

 

 

Emerson meant when he said that “the soul environs itself with friends, that it may enter into a grander self-acquaintance or solitude

 

Introspection means talking to yourself, and one of the best ways of talking to yourself is by talking to another person. One other person you can trust, one other person to whom you can unfold your soul. One other person you feel safe enough with to allow you to acknowledge things—to acknowledge things to yourself

 

 

 

 

 

 

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