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The powers of creative thinking can be yours if you're willing to laugh and learn in this concise, cliche free and memorable short book. With challenging chapters on topics like creative confidence, making bold decisions, and separating the need for feedback from the desire for encouragement, even if you've read other books on the subject or if this is your first, The ...more
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Published March 13th 2017 by Berkun Media
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Tomáš
Got this book for free from Amazon to my Kindle and its my third one from Scott - this time about creativity. The book itself is a solid collection of ideas, but dont expect much, if youve already read something else about it. ...more
Diego Pino
Fourth book I read from Scott Berkun, first book I've read on creativity.

The book's subject is to demystify the creativity process. Too often in popular culture creativity is seen as something magical. We tend to believe geniuses such as Picasso or Kafka were creative because they were granted a special gift or because they were inspired by an external source (a muse or an eureka moment). Then people who aspire to create something spent their time aimlessly searching for these external sources
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Vladimir Tarasov
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Twisted experience. I love Berkun's style and his ability to express condensed wisdom with the simple words. And it's not the first essay I've read. From the other hand, there was nothing new for me to learn from this book, but it is mostly because I am interested in this part of human nature and already read a lot. To sum it up: this book will definitely stay pretty close to my working place to be able to remind me some vital basics.
Goth Gone Grey
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, social-sciences
A fun read on refreshing creativity

This is a quick, refreshing read with tips on how to cultivate creativity. Not to spoil it, but it seems to involve a lot more practice, and a lot less excuses. Could catch on!

The author really likes fun socks - that's an important detail that cannot be missed. The book shares examples of creative people in a number of fields and some things they've found to be successful, as well as gentle reminders throughout to practice. Write, sing, play, paint, dance,
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Ravi Gangadat
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’ve ever wanted to be more creative or make something for the world then you must read “The Dance of the Possible” by Scott Berkun. Scott made the following promise to us: “If I have written it well, you will soon want to work on something where you can apply your creativity”.

The author sent me an early reviewer’s copy of the book which only took me 3.5 hours to read. Upon completion of the book, I started working on a small feature for an open source project which I had on the back
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Venkatesh-Prasad
The book is about creativity (obviously) and getting to it. It looks at creativity as making interesting choices; a new perspective for me. It briefly talks about ways to be creative. I guess cos' there are more focused books on this topics. It spends more time on fringe issues, e.g., issues after one has been creative and had an idea, issues with dealing various aftermaths after realizing the creative idea, being precious, differentiating between feedback vs encouragement, am I genius? I liked ...more
Noah
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summary: A Satisfying, Convincing, and Actionable Initiator on Creativity

It's not uncommon that when we finish a book, we feel something lacking. Sometimes it's because it starts strong and wears out at the end (like most bestsellers); sometimes because it facilitates thoughts beyond the scope (philosophy or mathematics); other times because it's inspiring enough to provoke thought, but not practical enough to provoke action (positive psychology).

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Anthony Cramp
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book reminds us that create is a verb. It is the process of bringing something into being. Having creativity is, therefore, having the ability to create … and this, more often than not, is about hard work. Deciding what to create is influenced by the Dance of the Possible: the expansion in the number of ideas that are possible and shrinking this set enough to be able to get things done. This latter process is a key point I took from the book, summarised in the following: “You can only call ...more
Gabriel Hudak
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring book

Anyone wanting to work or is already working on some projects should read this bolk. You will get inspired and motivated to continue.

Author lays out practical ideas on how to improve creativity. For me the most valuable information was that creativity is not only strike of genius but mostly dedicated effort. Not that I did not know about this but the arguments Scott uses make me finally believe what I thought before. Well written, easy to read and full of practical tips.

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Luboš
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I like Scott Berkun, especially because of his great book Confessions of a Public Speaker, so I am reading his blog and newsletter (I guess that`s why I got this book for free). It is not a bad book, but nothing eye-opening for me. Kind of a longer blogpost.

For me, the most interesting were stories about famous creators such as:
Yes, Ray Bradbury did write 25,000 words of Fahrenheit 451 in just a few days. But what’s often not told about that amazing burst of productivity is that he later
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Willis
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Scott Berkuns work and this one was no different for me. Concise, to the point with a lot of great ideas. The major premise is that creativity is less of a gift and more the product of hard work. That if we really want to produce something of value then get working and turn those ideas to reality.
Srivardhan
The book is small and I like it. The author has taken great pain to edit it sharply, so there is not much boring stuff. The author is to the point and tells what he needs to tell in a concise and precise manner.
However, I felt it's all known! Just another book which tells what is already known. Perhaps you can use this to remind yourself the things you've forgot!
Lana
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a fair number of books about creativity, and some that are business-oriented leave me cold and unchallenged to pursue creativity. I expected this one to be a book about creativity in the business world. I'd think it was well written, but wouldn't find anything to take away from it. The idea of "don't be precious" made me think of my fellow writers who find the process of finishing a creation daunting and never get around to "shipping" it (in the words of the esteemed Seth Godin, another ...more
Naz Islam
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book will let you see things from different perspective

In this book, Scott breaks the conventional approach of creating things and shows us how to find creative ideas by ‘dance of possibles’ and be motivated to actually finish the project. I really enjoyed the read and highly recommend every creative professionals.
Josh Rensch
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books on creativity I've read. It has practical actions as well as just thoughts. It doesn't try to tell the reader how to be creative. Read this book right now if you are trying to be creative.
Bhoom
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine doing the impossible.

Concise and quite hot to the point with lots of clear examples to help improve your understanding on the matter that is probably so common that people just overlook the issue.
Shannelle
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly wanted to just tear out a lot of pages and then plaster them all over my desk to remind myself about the importance of creativity and distance from an audience and all the things. I agreed with so many things in this book that you can say I’m biased, but oh well
Bar Franek
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a good short book about creativity with some sage wisdom you might find in similar books, and some usable ideas. As an example, he recommends taking an improv class. Never in my life have I thought that would be a good idea, but I did it and really enjoyed it.
Philippe Lenain
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another short and efficient book from S. Berkun. Creativity is nothing magical, and he explains it clearly. It also helps to define / develop your creative process and give some interesting insights (not a list of methods but an overall methodology).
Laura
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very quick read with lots of ideas about how to get out of your own way to actually create something. I was very entertained that, in addition to books about creativity and storytelling, Amazon recommended "Circular Knitting Workshop" as something others who bought this book purchased.
Jill Dater
The author read the audio book and it was only ok.
Aja
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brief and helpful

This book was a quick read full of hard truths delivered with tact and with tools for getting started being creative.
Peter Van
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As pragmatic as it is fun to read. Very inviting to start new creative projects after reading this.
Nikolay Theosom
more of a collection of random ideas that worked for the author, rather than an attempt to understanding how it works
Rebekah Price
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Concise. Easy to read. Engaging. Packed with psychological hacks to help you navigate your way through the creative process, from concept to fruition.

Specifically:
A) Debunks some of the ideas about creativity that disengage the average person (like me), from rolling up sleeves and taking a crack at things. For example, Scott highlights that creativity is just applying thinking to solve problems in interesting ways. He also points out that creativity arises from your sub-conscious splicing
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Cesare Pautasso
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dance of the Possible is a beautiful metaphor of the creative thinking activity. Ideas are combined into other ideas. Divergent thought converges into a complete and (what's most important) impactful artifact. Discovering something is never efficient. What's a good idea? It depends: being creative doesn't mean that you are moral. Perfectionists are too precious with their ideas. Creators make the ordinary into the interesting. The book is full of such insightful and inspiring memes. I will ...more
Cassie
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A quick read that will have you looking at creativity in a new and practical way.

I appreciated that the author included actionable advice and exercises as well as well-sourced research. Some of the concepts have inspired me to change my approach to my creative work before I even finished the book.
Hana Kazazovic
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear" - this first comes through my mind after reading this book. And the teacher for me is this book because it gives me answers to questions that I've been struggling for a couple of months. "The Dance of the possible" speaks about creativity in a simple way, demystifying the process of creating something. And more important for me - this book shows me the way how to move forward after burnout. Actually, I didn't even realize I have a burnout ...more
Briony
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book for its honesty. I found it relatable and interesting and is a good, quick read which I plan on re-reading.
Jamie Strachan
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A concise and grounded look at creativity. This book offers a refreshing perspective by breaking down the most pervasive myths and focusing on what really matters: doing the work.
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Scott Berkun is the author of four popular books, Making Things Happen, The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker and Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds. His work as a writer and speaker have appeared in the The Washington Post, the New York Times, Wired, the Economist, Fast Company, Forbes, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio and other media. His many popular essays and ...more
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