On Creativity, Ambition and Momentum
A few ultra-interesting articles on creativity, ambition and momentum.
They have been sitting in my mailbox for weeks and I finally got around to sorting them. I had read a few as they came in and starred them in my gmail so I can share them later on.
Ok, by all means, I do not want to distract you by sharing these five short and beneficial articles (and thereby defeating the very purpose of some of these articles – those who preach to do away with daily stuff and noise and distraction*) – I just want to share this compilation of good artistic advice. So please read them if you enjoyed the little previews I snipped out.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some photo post-production to finish :)
Is Consumerism Killing Our Creativity? by Jocelyn K. Glei
No external thing can prompt creativity, and there’s no substitute for just getting down to doing the work.
The Art of Momentum: Why Your Ideas Need Speed. by Jocelyn K. Glei
The minute that we lose momentum, we lose the thread.
In his collection of interviews with painters, author and artist Joe Fig observes, “They are successful because they work incessantly. Several work seven days a week.”
Don’t hold back. When it comes to creative execution, the key is to get moving, and keep moving.
Are you Ambitious Enough? by Mark McGuinness
[...] if you don’t acknowledge your ambition – even to yourself – you risk choking it. You risk not only falling short of the best that you could do, but not even attempting it.
We are depriving ourselves of every opportunity for disconnection. And our imaginations suffer the consequences.
How Analog Rituals Can Amp Your Productivity. by Scott Belsky **
The manual labor involved with productivity is valuable.
* I mean I can just redirect you to Zen Habits, but I’m afraid you might end up spending hours on it like I do sometimes. How ironic! Seriously, this blog should come with a warning lol.
** Regarding the last article: I pride myself in keeping a regular agenda, using pens, pencils, highlighters…I love writing all my appointments down, scratching them off, changing them, moving them (ok now I sound like I can’t commit to anything…I’m just going to stop talking :))