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In this video of his talk at PSFK CONFERENCE NYC, Clay Shirky talks about the work of Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. After working there as an assistant professor for almost ten years, Shirky describes five student projects that he thinks are pushing the creative boundaries - from interface design to how people cluster to build new work. At the end of the talk, the technology thought-leader compares creatives as members of a philharmonic orchestra and wonders if any rules can be drawn from looking at such an ensemble.

When Your Worst Enemy Lives Between Your Ears

I do not believe thought that perfectionism is the basis of a true champion’s way of thinking. Acceptance is. Acceptance to give your best, whatever your best means at a specific moment. Acceptance for who you are, what you do and believe, what you feel and express. Acceptance allows a more responsive than reactive attitude. This helps to cultivate perseverance, which is the secret weapon of success.

Corporate Creativity: Wisdom From The Late Gordon MacKenzie
One of the greatest impediments to creativity is impatience. Stay the course and develop your authentic voice.
You have to be prepared to give creative work 150%. I hear a lot of young people talking about life/work balance, which I think is great when you’re in your 30s. If you’re in your 20s and already talking about that, I don’t think you will achieve your goals. If you really want to build a powerful career, and make an impact, then you have to be prepared to put in blood, sweat, and tears.
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.
Martha Graham
We find what we are looking for. If we are looking for life and love and openness and growth, we are likely to find them. If we are looking for witchcraft and evil, we’ll likely find them, and we may get taken over by them.
(via Here’s How The World’s Most Brilliant People Scheduled Their Days)
  1. What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
  2. What if I fail — how will I recover?
  3. What if I do nothing?
  4. What if I succeed?
  5. What’s truly worth doing, whether you fail or succeed?
  6. In this failure, what went right?

Jonathan Fields, author of Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance and creator of the magnificent Good Life Project, proposes six questions that help overcome the fear of failure. Pair with Fields on how to make your own luck, then see this invaluable read on creativity and the gift of failure.

(via 99U)

(via Why The Secret To Getting Rich And Changing The World Is To Have A Stupid Idea | Business Insider)