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Creativeness by Experimentation: Peak Performance & Worldly Wisdom

How much do your genetics and your (cultural/social) background control your destiny?

The answer is ‘A lot!’… but things aren’t hopeless..

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WeWork Lessons : Excess & Market Behavior under extreme hope and fuzziness

The documentary : “WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn” is entertaining (if you don’t get angry easily), and contains an amazing exploration of the behavior of markets, consumers, and leaders. There are many hilarious moments too!

This documentary illustrates the dangers of excess, “hopium”, and building great castles on foundations of ‘fluff’. The top WeWork lessons explored in this article include excess, fuzziness, consumer (and investor) behavior, and spectacles.

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Give yourself permission to be creative – Ethan Hawke

Give yourself permission to be creative

I came across this video (youtube’s cunning recommendation algorithm), and I was quite surprised how insightful and deep it was. It had many lessons on creativity, and the ‘self-permission’ it requires. Frequently, it takes courage to be creative, and this is nicely captured by the talk.

Here are some thoughts / lessons / reflections :

  1. The value of difference and irregularity: In a world where more and more things (and people) are similar, irregularity and unpredictability are valuable.
  2. It is quite hard for us to judge how good what we do is. I think that a better strategy would be to do great effort and keep thinking about growth and contribution.
  3. The world is an extremely unreliable critic: This has been tested many times. Think about it – if something is really original and new, then it – by definition – won’t be familiar, and most people dislike the unfamiliar (because it forces them to think).
  4. Making sense out of life is crucial , but only at key moments –> Why not always ? Well maybe because this activity of ‘making sense’ is not a guaranteed and linear process. You can’t be sure that you’ll make sense of it.
  5. Art helps with that: Art is not luxury – it is nourishment for the soul and the growth beyond the confines of the limited and bounded current reality.
  6. ‘Human Creativity is nature manifest in us’
  7. ‘Know yourself’ – what do you love ? if you get close to what you love , who you are is revealed to you… and it expands !
  8. My experience is not as unique as I’ve thought ..
  9. ‘There is no Path till you walk it’
  10. Be willing to Play the fool
  11. Read the book you want to read (I will probably talk about this later here)
  12. Listen to new music (challenge yourself to do it, even though it might not feel very comfortable at first).