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Magazine - Article. According to a Stanford psychologist, you’ll reach new heights if you learn to embrace the occasional tumble.

Magazine - Article

One day last November, psychology professor Carol Dweck welcomed a pair of visitors from the Blackburn Rovers, a soccer team in the United Kingdom’s Premier League. The Rovers’ training academy is ranked in England’s top three, yet performance director Tony Faulkner had long suspected that many promising players weren’t reaching their potential. Ignoring the team’s century-old motto—arte et labore, or “skill and hard work”—the most talented individuals disdained serious training. On some level, Faulkner knew the source of the trouble: British soccer culture held that star players are born, not made. Study finds walking improves creativity. Stanford Report, April 24, 2014 Stanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration.

study finds walking improves creativity

They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person's creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking. What to eat to be creative. 29 Foods and Herbs to Boost Creativity. Thought Questions - Asking the right questions is the answer. Category:Creativity Techniques. This A to Z of Creativity and Innovation Techniques, provides an introduction to a range of tools and techniques for both idea generation (Creativity) and converting those ideas into reality (Innovation).

Category:Creativity Techniques

Like most tools these techniques all have their good and bad points. I like to think of these creativity and innovation techniques as tools in a toolbox in much the same way as my toolbox at home for DIY. It has a saw, spanner, hammer, knife and all sorts of other things in it, they are all very useful, but you have to pick the right tool (creativity / Innovation technique) for each job. This site will try and provide a little guidance along with each tool to let you know whether it's best used for cutting paper or putting in nails. For the future, the aim is to also have sub-categories which will identify Techniques for; Problem Definition - including problem analysis, redifinition, and all aspects associated with defining the problem clearly. Creative coaching, creativity, productivity. The Daily Routines Of Famous Creatives - Entertainment. If imitation is sincerest form of flattery, replicating an individual's daily routine must sit somewhere further along the sinister end of the spectrum.

The Daily Routines Of Famous Creatives - Entertainment

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently. This list has been expanded into the new book, “Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind,” by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman. Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Happy Birthday, Brain Pickings: 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living.

By Maria Popova Reflections on how to keep the center solid as you continue to evolve.

Happy Birthday, Brain Pickings: 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living

UPDATE: The fine folks of Holstee have turned these seven learnings into a gorgeous letterpress poster inspired by mid-century children’s book illustration. On October 23, 2006, I sent a short email to a few friends at work — one of the four jobs I held while paying my way through college — with the subject line “brain pickings,” announcing my intention to start a weekly digest featuring five stimulating things to learn about each week, from a breakthrough in neuroscience to a timeless piece of poetry. #5 The Four Most Powerful Types of Creative Thinking. Considering I’m a creative coach, some people are surprised to learn I’m a little sceptical about creative thinking techniques.

#5 The Four Most Powerful Types of Creative Thinking

For one thing, there’s a lot more to creativity than thinking. It’s possible to sit around having lots of creative thoughts, but without actually making anything of them. But if you start making something, creative ideas seem to emerge naturally out of the process. So if I had to choose, I’d say creative doing beats creative thinking. And for another thing, a lot of ‘creative thinking techniques’ leave me cold. The Art of Looking: What 11 Experts Teach Us about Seeing Our Familiar City Block with New Eyes. By Maria Popova “Attention is an intentional, unapologetic discriminator.

The Art of Looking: What 11 Experts Teach Us about Seeing Our Familiar City Block with New Eyes

It asks what is relevant right now, and gears us up to notice only that.” “How we spend our days,” Annie Dillard wrote in her timelessly beautiful meditation on presence over productivity, “is, of course, how we spend our lives.” And nowhere do we fail at the art of presence most miserably and most tragically than in urban life — in the city, high on the cult of productivity, where we float past each other, past the buildings and trees and the little boy in the purple pants, past life itself, cut off from the breathing of the world by iPhone earbuds and solipsism. 8 tips to make your life more surprising — from a “Surprisologist” A closeup of Tania Luna, with glow stick.

8 tips to make your life more surprising — from a “Surprisologist”

Photo: James Duncan Davidson. Why Your Creativity Needs Boundaries to Thrive. The first few years after I decided to take my creative writing seriously, I couldn't overcome the nagging feeling that my fiction was simply a glorified hobby—like knitting or fishing.

Why Your Creativity Needs Boundaries to Thrive

7 Deadly Sins of Creativity. Email Creativity is not just for artists and poets.

7 Deadly Sins of Creativity

Everybody has the potential to exercise their creative mind – to innovate new ways of accomplishing things that will ultimately make life easier and more gratifying. Idea Framing, Metaphors, and Your Brain - George Lakoff. Why We're More Creative When We're Tired and 9 Other Surprising Facts About How Our Brains Work. 12.6K Flares Filament.io 12.6K Flares × Train Your Brain To Let Go Of Habits – 10 Methods For Creating New Neural Pathways. When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of habits. Neural pathways are like superhighways of nerve cells that transmit messages. You travel over the superhighway many times, and the pathway becomes more and more solid. Neuroscience of Habit Change.

15 Phrases You Should Say to Yourself Every Day. Everybody wants to get more done, but unfortunately all the time management tips in the world can't help you overcome one of the biggest issues affecting your productivity--your attitude.