“As a creativity consultant, psychotherapist, and college teacher, I’ve learned that virtually everyone finds it hard to nurture and unleash his or her creativity. Inner noise, doubts, fears, old traumas, practical problems, and a long list of other obstacles keep most people from living creatively. Because the wait to manifest their creativity becomes such a long one, doubts double and triple. People wonder if they’re too late. They wonder if they have too much too learn. They wonder if they can tolerate and survive the mistakes they know they’ll make. Above all, they wonder if they can really begin, having waited so long already.
These obstacles are real and significant. But people discover that they can begin. You can begin this very day to grow creative… You can become a creative person and you don’t have to slip away to a retreat off the coast of Maine to do so. Creativity is exactly the same thing as using yourself richly, right where you are, at extraordinary tasks but at very ordinary tasks also. Let that be what this year is about: becoming a creative human being, creative at everything you do, who by the end of the year has completed some strong creative work and looks at the world through new eyes.”
~ Eric Maisel from The Creativity Book
One of the world’s leading experts on creativity, Eric Maisel is a psychotherapist who works exclusively with artists.
As the sub-title suggests, this book is set up as “A Year’s Worth of Inspiration and Guidance.” Although I didn’t go through the 52 weeks of goodness straight through, I really loved the Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites.
If you’re feelin’ it, I think you’ll love the full book!
For now, let’s jump in! :)
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