Tapping Your Creativity


I read Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Inventionimage1, and the book was so good that I want to share some of his creativity tips with you. Mihaly gathered these techniques first-hand from some of the finest minds of our time (14 Nobel prize winners alone), and using them you can shape your mind into a factory of great ideas. Anyone can be creative, and you can start seeing results very quickly (think weeks, not years).

Mihaly points to the four obstacles that keep most people from actualizing their potential:

  1. Most people are too exhausted from the daily grind, and can’t muster the mental energy to start coming up with novel ideas
  2. There’s a lot of distractions that keep us from searching inside our minds. TV, tabloids, and the Internet are just a few things that are throwing you off the tracks
  3. Laziness and lack of discipline is pretty common these days. With the sort of comfortable lives we lead these days, it’s easier to be a couch potato than a scientist or a painter
  4. Lack of direction is also a problem. With so many fields, it’s hard to find something that can be focused on.

There are, fortunately, several tools that you can use to work through these four problems.

These aren’t hard things to put into practice, but changing your attitude will be necessary. It’s easy, and it’s worth it. Now start coming up with great stuff - everything you need to be creative is within you.

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