How creative geniuses maximized their odds of creating a masterpiece

According to Adam M. Grant’s Originals, many creative geniuses came up with a large number of ideas throughout the years. For example, Shakespeare produced 37 plays and 154 sonnets in the span of 2 decades. Mozart composed more than 600 pieces before his death at 35. Beethoven produced 650 pieces in his lifetime. Bach wrote over a thousand. Picasso had more than 1800 paintings, 1200 sculptures, 2800 ceramics, 1200 drawings, not to mention prints, rugs....

October 13, 2020 · 2 min

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

A book for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion: Be an amateur, not afraid to voice your opinion, be willing to share. Document your process, start a journal, record it, take photo,… Share/publish something small everyday. Once you finish your work for the day, reflect on it, share some of its process. 90% of everything is crap. True for your own work. Don’t be afraid to share....

June 6, 2019 · 1 min

Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Rest and work complements each other. Rest is an essential component of good work as world-class people alternate daily periods of intense work and concentration with long breaks. Rest is active since the brain doesn’t switch off when we go to sleep but get busy doing work such as consolidating memories, reviewing the day. Rest is a skill. People don’t just become world class only by deliberate practice. They also practice deliberate rest....

August 8, 2018 · 4 min