Monday Motivator: Learn the Magic Tricks of Creativity

Monsieur P Artiste Monday Motivator from Marion Boddy-Evans Isle of Skye art Studio

“While creativity can seem like magic, like every magic trick there is a method behind it.”

— Ryan Holiday, “Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts“, page 37

And, like with magic tricks, the more you practice, the more seamless what you’re doing becomes.

It’s all too easy to believe you don’t have a ‘single creative bone’ in your body, but your daily life is filled with choices you make that are based on things you’re not regarding as creative. Who picked what you would wear today? Who decided what to put on that piece of toast you had for breakfast? That’s colour and fabric and taste choices right there. Creative choices. Creative decisions.

Oh but those don’t count, I hear you cry. Well, they do. Matching socks or non-matching socks, you’ve learnt which you prefer and which others prefer. Substitute the words “paint colour” for “socks”. It’s a creative choice.

And if you’ve never worn two different socks or earrings, ask yourself why left and right need to match.

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2 Replies to “Monday Motivator: Learn the Magic Tricks of Creativity”

  1. Personally, I don’t think left and right have to match. When I was in high school, saddle oxfords were popular. I had two pair, one pair was black and white and the other was brown and light tan or ecru. I rode the school bus to school, wearing one shoe from each pair of oxfords. When anybody noticed and commented on what was perceived as a miss match, I just let them know that I did it on purpose. I kept on wearing miss matched shoes about once a week. When other students started doing the same thing, I stopped.

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