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January 25, 2016

John Cleese on Creativity


Here's a summary of John Cleese's theory on what you need to be creative:

  • Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”) 
  • Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”) 
  • Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.) 
  • Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”) 
  • Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)

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