Introducing: Daily Creativity

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Creativity is deceiving. On the one hand, we are all born creatives. Our mind is wired to be creative. It is programmed with the core skills — our creative muscles — required to explore, discover, wonder, imagine and create a new reality. These statements are backed up by research, but it is enough to watch children play and create to see the foundations of Creativity in action. On the other hand, Creativity cannot be turned on and off with a flip of a switch. Most of us are far less creative as adults than we were as kids. It is a gradual decline that is never apparent in real-time. When we do need to be creative — when we face a real challenge that calls for an innovative solution, or when an opportunity we should actively seize and follow passes by — our creative muscles might not be in optimal shape. Like our physical muscles, if we don’t use our creative skills regularly, they will degenerate. To realize our creative potential, Creativity must be practiced daily. Children do it naturally. The rest of us need to actively play and shake the dust off from our creative muscles to turn Creativity … Read More

habit zero #100

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

A few years ago, which seems as far as another life, I launched a year-long photography project called TLV365. I set a goal to capture and publish one photo a day, and by that to create a collage of an eclectic, surprising, city — a city you can love or hate, but you cannot stay indifferent to. With the number of photos many of you probably capture each day, this might sound like a trivial task. But it was the commitment to do so seven days a week for an entire year that turned this project into a real creative challenge. Add to that the desire to do reasonably good work, and you got yourself a full-time job.

habit zero #042

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

reflection   Today I would like to skip the challenge and take a few minutes to reflect on what it means to build a habit in the context of creativity. Creativity is a skill. To be more accurate, it is an ability built on top of deeper core skills: observation and imagination. What is the relation between skills and habits? Why do I keep calling creativity “Habit Zero”? And how this discussion can help us be more creative?