A few days ago this piece rolled across my feed and I wanted to take a moment to share it with you. We all need to be creative in some way. You may not think you are but problem solving in any form requires creative thinking. Obviously in my case it is website or print design but also creatively solving problems of function and flow of your new website as well. Also if you know me at all laughter is important to me and I like to laugh hard and often. John Cleese provides great insight along with his signature way of making us laugh.


John Cleese Podcast Lecture on Creativity and Originality: The 5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative.

Posted 20 September, 2014 by Chris Jones

‘Creativity is not a talent, it is a way of operating’ John Cleese

Following from my post a few days ago on strategies for manifesting creativity, I remembered this excellent seminar from the early nineties with John Cleese on the very same subject. It’s total gold dust from writers and filmmakers and you can listen to it here.

The 5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative

1. Space ‘You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.’

2. Time ‘It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.’

3. Time ‘Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original’

4. Confidence ‘Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.’

5. Humour ’The main evolutionary significance of humour is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.’



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