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From Mark McGuinness at 99u: “There is really no prescription for creative work, I heard a writer say the other day that he sits down at the keyboard and the first thing he says to himself is ‘I don’t know.’” — Geoff Talbot
That writer sounds like a wise man to me. All too often, when we start work, we bring too much knowledge, too many preconceptions about how we expect the work to turn out. So many, in fact, that we end up cramping our imagination to fit our expectations, instead of allowing it to surprise us with something unexpected.
From Knowledge@Wharton: “Wanted: smart, creative, dedicated individual to design efficient system that matches companies’ job listings with people looking for work. Contact the HR industry.” It’s a tough assignment: Job seekers often feel that sending out resumes is a mind-numbing exercise in futility, while companies are inundated with applications from too many unqualified candidates. Wharton faculty and other experts weigh in on today’s challenging job market.
From Paul McEnany: The somewhat interesting, frustrating, fascinating fact of creativity in advertising is that it’s something most ask for, then get at doing just about everything possible to remove all the newness, risk and unfamiliarity needed to make what we do impactful. If creativty inherently means uncertainty, and we live in one of the most uncertain times in history – we might as well make it work for us rather than against us.
From Big Think: The simplest description of a black hole is a region of space-time from which no light is reflected and nothing escapes. The simplest description of consciousness is a mind that absorbs many things and attends to a few of them. Neither of these concepts can be captured quantitatively. Together they suggest the appealing possibility that endlessness surrounds us and infinity is within.
From Alina Tugend at NY Times: If I saw what seemed to be a crime or unethical act committed by a respected colleague, coach, teacher or friend, would I storm in and stop it? Would I call the authorities immediately? Would I disregard the potentially devastating impact on my job or workplace or beloved institution?
Absolutely, most of us would probably reply. I think so, others might respond. And the most honest answer? I don’t know.
From Jonathan Fields at zenhabits: Like it or not, though, uncertainty is the new normal. We live in a time where the world is in a state of constant, long-term flux. And, that’s not all. If you want to spend your time on the planet not just getting-by, but consistently creating art, experiences, businesses and lives that truly matter, you’ll need to proactively seek out, invite and even deliberately amplify uncertainty. Because the other side of uncertainty is opportunity.
I just completed a second music composition project for 2011 after a 30-year hiatus from writing. Learning to live with ambiguity shows up again, plus more shifting my identity from what I do to who I am, as in “I am enough.” Ah, the saga continues. · Read more →
From Jonathan Fields at 99%: The ability to live in the question long enough for genius to emerge is a touchstone of creative success. In fact, a 2008 study published in the Journal of Creative Behavior revealed tolerance for ambiguity to be “significantly and positively related” to creativity.