Creative Thinking is Work

     Creative thinking is work. You must have passion and the determination to immerse yourself in the process of creating new and different ideas. Then you must have patience to persevere against all adversity.

     All creative geniuses work passionately hard and produce incredible numbers of ideas, most of which are bad. In fact, more bad poems were written by the major poets than by minor poets.

     Thomas Edison created 3000 different ideas for lighting systems before he evaluated them for practicality and profitability.

     Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart produced more than six hundred pieces of music, including forty-one symphonies and some forty-odd operas and masses, during his short creative life.

     Rembrandt produced around 650 paintings and 2,000 drawings and Picasso executed more than 20,000 works.

    Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets. Some were masterpieces, while others were no better than his contemporaries could have written, and some were simply bad.

This is an excerpt from an article written by Michael Michalko, author of Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques and Creative thinking: Putting your Imagination to Work.  It first appeared in Psychology Today and has reappeared in many forms on the Internet. To read the full article, “Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking” click here.

More on Michael Michalko’s books, read here.

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