I highly recommend this wonderful book. Quotes from my post-it note-marked pages might begin to show what a powerful collection if insights he collected on creativity.

“What Dylan did–and this is why he’s Bob Dylan–was find the strange thread connecting those disparate voices… ..He didn’t yet know what he was doing–the ghost was still in control–but he felt the excitement of an insight, the subliminal thrill of something new.”

“You might think an idea is finished, that there’s nothing else to do with it, but then you talk to somebody else in some other field. And your little idea inspires them, so they come up with a brand-new invention, that inspires someone else. That, in a nutshell, is our model.” (on the 3M workplace)

“…just because I’m relaxed doesn’t mean I’m not working. What I realized is that the kind of thinking I do here on the hike is so useful that I needed to build it into my work routine. It wasn’t enough to just daydream in my spare moment, while sitting in traffic or waiting in line. I needed to be more disciplined about my mind-wandering.” (Jonathan Schooler regarding his research on daydreaming)

“There’s no such thing as a creative type,” he says. “As if creative people can just show up and make stuff up. As if it were that easy. I think people need to be reminded that creativity is a verb, a very time-consuming verb. It’s about taking an idea in your head, and transforming that idea into something real. And that’s always going to be a long and difficult process. If you’re doing it right, it’s going to feel like work.” (Milton Glaser, famous graphic designer)

“When people ask me how they should approach performance, I always tell them that the professional musician should aspire to the state of the beginner. In order to become a professional, you need to go through years of training. You get criticized by all your teachers, and you worry about all the critics… .. But if you get onstage and all you think about is what the critics are going to say, if all you are doing is worrying, then you will play terribly… ..because why is that kid playing? He is playing for pleasure. He is playing because making this sound, expressing this melody, makes him happy. That is still the only good reason to play.” (Yo-Yo Ma)

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