Here are some quotations to help you tap into your creativity.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart,…you’ll know when you find it.”
— Steve Jobs
“When I was in the middle of writing Eat Pray Love and I fell into one of those pits of despair that we will fall into when we’re working on something that’s not coming and we think ‘this is going to be a disaster, this is going to be the worst book I’ve ever written — not just that but the worst book ever written …’ So I just lifted my face up from the manuscript and I directed my comments to an empty corner of the room and I said aloud ‘Listen you,thing! You and I both know that if this book isn’t brilliant that is not entirely my fault, right? Because you can see I am putting everything I have into this, I don’t have any more than this, so if you want it to be better then you’ve got to show up and do your part of the deal, OK? But you know what? If you don’t do that then I’m going to keep writing because that’s my job and I would please like the record to reflect today that I showed up and did my part of the job!”
— Elizabeth Gilbert
“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.”
— Rita Mae Brown
“I am not afraid…I was born to do this.”
— Joan of Arc
“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”
— Leo Burnett
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
— Antoine De Saint Exupery
“We all operate in two contrasting modes, which might be called open and closed. The open mode is more relaxed, more receptive, more exploratory, more democratic, more playful and more humorous. The closed mode is the tighter, more rigid, more hierarchical, more tunnel-visioned. Most people, unfortunately spend most of their time in the closed mode. Not that the closed mode cannot be helpful. If you are leaping a ravine, the moment of takeoff is a bad time for considering alternative strategies. When you charge the enemy machine-gun post, don’t waste energy trying to see the funny side of it. Do it in the “closed” mode. But the moment the action is over, try to return to the “open” mode—to open your mind again to all the feedback from our action that enables us to tell whether the action has been successful, or whether further action is need to improve on what we have done. In other words, we must return to the open mode, because in that mode we are the most aware, most receptive, most creative, and therefore at our most intelligent.”
— John Cleese
“I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others… I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”
— Thomas Edison
“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.”
— Pearl S. Buck
“People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year, people who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year”
— Peter Drucker
“It’s not about breaking the rules. It is about abandoning the concept of rules altogether”
— Paul Lemberg
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?”
— Marianne Williamson
“The things we fear most in organizations—fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances—are the primary sources of creativity.”
— Margaret J. Wheatley
“Each moment of our life, we either invoke or destroy our dreams.”
— Stuart Wilde
“In my experience, if you steer clear of dogma and muster up more love than you thought you had to give, then your vitality increases, satisfaction sets in, sweetness surfaces. I believe in the creative power of good feelings. I’m convinced that the desire to be real is everyone’s divine imperative.”
— Danielle LaPorte
“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”
“The only thing all successful people have in common is that they’re successful, so don’t waste your time copying “the successful strategies” of others.”
— Seth Godin
“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.”
— Erica Jong
“It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date.”
— Roger von Oech
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