What I do instead of working

Creation is really a sustained period of bliss — even though the subject can still be very sad. Because there’s the triumph of coming through and understanding that you have, and that you did it the way only you could do it — you didn’t do it the way somebody told you to do it, you did it just the way you had to do it. And that is what makes us us.

Alice Walker, one of our era’s greatest writers, on creativity

Pair with some notable definitions of what creativity is.

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According to a great deal of research, positive fantasies may lessen your chances of succeeding. In one experiment, the social psychologists Gabriele Oettingen and Doris Mayer asked 83 German students to rate the extent to which they “experienced positive thoughts, images, or fantasies on the subject of transition into work life, graduating from university, looking for and finding a job.” Two years later, they approached the same students and asked about their post-college job experiences. Those who harbored positive fantasies put in fewer job applications, received fewer job offers, and ultimately earned lower salaries. The same was true in other contexts, too. Students who fantasized were less likely to ask their romantic crushes on a date and more likely to struggle academically. Hip-surgery patients also recovered more slowly when they dwelled on positive fantasies of walking without pain…

Fantasies hamper progress [because] they dull the will to succeed: “Imagining a positive outcome conveys the sense that you’re approaching your goals, which takes the edge off the need to achieve.”

The negative side of positive thinking.

Pair with similar wisdom from The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.

( The Dish)

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Without music I should wish to die. Even poetry, Sweet Patron Muse forgive me the words, is not what music is.

—Happy birthday, Edna St. Vincent Millay! (via explore-blog)

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explore-blog:

For Anaïs Nin's 111th birthday, her wisdom on love and life, illustrated. 

explore-blog:

For Anaïs Nin's 111th birthday, her wisdom on love and life, illustrated

sketchplanations:

Six thinking hats.
The classic thinking framework from Edward De Bono. Though I’m yet to be in a meeting where everyone’s familiar enough with it that it wouldn’t sound a bit nuts to propose it. Ah well.

sketchplanations:

Six thinking hats.

The classic thinking framework from Edward De Bono. Though I’m yet to be in a meeting where everyone’s familiar enough with it that it wouldn’t sound a bit nuts to propose it. Ah well.

nprbooks:

ebookfriendly:

Using metal wire, artist and humorist Terry Border cleverly turned books into anthropomorphic characters ⇢ http://ebks.to/1jNSaoZ

That’s the same edition of 1984 my father gave me in the summer of 1984, saying, “here, I think you’re ready to read this.”  I was nine. Ahh, memories!

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moviecode:

From NBC’s Revolution. 
The source code shown is from a project called Open Biometrics and is directly relevant. Hooray! The actual code shown is here.

moviecode:

From NBC’s Revolution

The source code shown is from a project called Open Biometrics and is directly relevant. Hooray! The actual code shown is here.

Spicy Food.

knowwhatsfuckingcrazy:

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Oh, what’s that, dog? Your eggs/burrito/pizza/wings aren’t flavorful enough? Here, let me POUR A MAGIC FUCKING BOTTLE OF SAUCE THAT WILL SET YOUR ENTIRE FUCKING MOUTH ON FIRE.

I mean, holy Christ. Foods that somehow have natural properties that create heat and burning sensations inside you? That shit is crazy as fuck.