The Power of Power Naps: Salvador Dali Teaches You How Micro-Naps Can Give You Creative Inspiration

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In high school, I had a history teacher who was, in his spare time, a millionaire owner of several marinas. He taught, he told us, because he loved it.


How to Take Advantage of Boredom, the Secret Ingredient of Creativity

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Last year we told you about the importance of messy desks and walking to creativity. This year, the time has come to realize how much creativity also depends on boredom.


How to Get Started: John Cage’s Approach to Starting the Difficult Creative Process

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You know what they say: eighty percent of the work you do on a project, you do getting the last twenty percent of that project right.


How a Good Night’s Sleep — and a Bad Night’s Sleep — Can Enhance Your Creativity

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You decide you need some medical advice, so you take to the internet. Whoops! There’s your first mistake. Now you are bombarded with contradictory opinions from questionable sources and you begin to develop symptoms you never knew existed. It’s all downhill from there.


Brian Eno on Why Do We Make Art & What’s It Good For?: Download His 2015 John Peel Lecture

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“Symphonies, perfume, sports cars, graffiti, needlepoint, monuments, tattoos, slang, Ming vases, doodles, poodles, apple strudels.


John Cleese’s Advice to Young Artists: “Steal Anything You Think Is Really Good”

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So you want to be a rock and roll star? Or a writer, or a filmmaker, or a comedian, or what-have-you…. And yet, you don’t know where to start. You’ve heard you need to find your own voice, but it’s difficult to know what that is when you’re just beginning.


Creativity, Not Money, is the Key to Happiness: Discover Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihaly’s Theory of “Flow”

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The title of the TED talk above, “Flow, the secret to happiness,” might make you roll your eyes. It does indeed sound like self-help snake oil. But as soon as you hear the speaker, psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, describe the rationale for his happiness study, you might pay more serious attention.


The Daily Habits of Famous Writers: Franz Kafka, Haruki Murakami, Stephen King & More

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Though few of us like to hear it, the fact remains that success in any endeavor requires patient, regular training and a daily routine. To take a mundane, well-worn example, it’s not for nothing that Stephen R.


A Spellbinding Supercut of the First & Final Frames of 70 Iconic Films, Played Side by Side

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Filmmaker Jacob T. Swinney’s First and Final Frames, Part II, above, is a rare sequel that upholds the quality of the original.
As he did in its predecessor, Swinney screens the opening and closing shots of dozens of recent and iconic films side by side, providing viewers with a crash course in the editorial eye.


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