... And here's four things to help you do it.
1. ART & DESIGN (Facebook page)
This one's easy. Just go here, "like" the page and you'll be subscribed to a barrage of frequently updated photographs of awesome shit, from the sweet to the seriously trippy -- that just show up unannounced in your newsfeed. My favorites, I think, are the architecture examples.
2. STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST by Austin Kleon.
You may have heard of this NY Times Bestseller, but if you haven't, you should pick it up. It's large pocket sized and a short read, and will, if nothing else, instill in you a majorly creative COURAGE. It proselytizes the importance of researching your heroes and learning from their work, taking inspiration from myriad sources and resourcing them into something new and different, and totally you. Thanks to Charles for hooking me up!
3. LISTEN TO TED TALK.
I bet you've heard of the world famous TED TALKS, but I bet you haven't listened to more than a couple. Man, most of these talks are mind-fucking -- and there are more and more to be discovered and even more coming everyday. And what's best? They're free.
Just a few I love:
Not a Ted Talk, but you'll find great stuff like this there: STEVE JOBS: HOW TO LIVE BEFORE YOU DIE
This is a site I recently discovered which combines creativity, inspiration, and business in one place. What's great about clicking on "CREATE DAILY" is you receive the site's articles to your inbox every weekday... Motivation, delivered to your doorstep, with your coffee. How cool is that?
Some great articles I love:
“He did a very simple test. He asked various architects to name who, in their opinion, were the most creative architects in the field. He then asked those creative architects to tell him what they do from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to bed. He then went to the uncreative architects--without perhaps explaining that’s why he was talking to them--and asked them the same thing. Then he compared the two. He discovered two differences, and neither was to do with intelligence."
“The first thing he discovered is that the creative architects knew how to play. They could get immersed in a problem. It was almost childlike, like when a child gets utterly absorbed in a problem. The second thing was that they deferred making decisions as long as they could. This is surprising."
“If you have a decision to make, what is the single most important question to ask yourself? I believe it’s ‘when does this decision have to be made’? When most of us have a problem that’s a little bit unresolved, we’re a little bit uncomfortable. We want to resolve it. The creative architects had this tolerance for this discomfort we all feel when we leave things unresolved."
“Why would those two things be importance? The playfulness is because in that moment of childlike play, you’re much more in touch with your unconscious. The second is that when you defer decisions as long as possible, it’s giving your unconscious the maximum amount of time to come up with something.”
So, what are you waiting for? Stop reading my blog and go check out some of that shit!
RYAN SCOTT OLIVER wrote the music and lyrics for Darling, Mrs. Sharp, 35mm, Jasper in Deadland and more. www.ryanscottoliver.com
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