Category: Nurturing talent

The Seduction of Cognitive Enhancement

The Seduction of Cognitive Enhancement

“It is estimated most human beings only use 10 percent of the brain’s capacity. Imagine if we could access 100 percent; interesting things begin to happen.” That is a comment by Morgan Freeman, delivered in his compelling baritone voice, in a trailer for the movie “Lucy.” This Italian poster reads: “Una persona in media usa il […]

Developing creativity - some quotes on fear

Developing creativity – some quotes on fear

Fear may be a barrier for many of us, getting in the way of realizing our creative ventures. There are probably hundreds of related quotes and articles on the Talent Development Resources sites – here are a few. “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I […]

How President Obama can help you become a great singer

How President Obama can help you become a great singer

By Brandon Brophy In the light of President Obama’s historic election win, we can find a vital tale that ought to be sewn into the hem of every singer’s story – the archetypal tale of the hero. For John McCain, Obama’s opponent, had everything that should have easily made him a president. He was a […]

Can Tetris or other games enhance your brain?

Can Tetris or other games enhance your brain?

From Your brain on Tetris, The Week magazine, Sep 25, 2009 Playing Tetris, the classic computer game, actually enlarges your brain, scientists say. The game, which turns 25 this year, calls on players to rapidly fit together colored puzzle pieces as they fall from the top of the screen. In a recent study, neuroscientists asked […]

Develop Your Creativity by Staring Out the Window

Develop Your Creativity by Staring Out the Window

“I have always spent most of my time staring out the window, noting what is there, daydreaming, or brooding.”  Joyce Carol Oates How do you use your time to encourage creative imagination and expression? In her post If you don’t value your imaginative life, no one else will, author and writing teacher Lisa Rivero notes […]

Adora Svitak on developing creativity: We need 'childish' thinking

Adora Svitak on developing creativity: We need ‘childish’ thinking

In his article Practice Being Like a Child, Jim Rohn advised: “Learn to be curious like a child… A child’s curiosity is what helps them to reach, learn and grow.” Adora Svitak, 12, points out that children have much to offer, and boldly questions the dismissive label “childish,” citing examples of other non-adults who are […]

Positive Obsessions Help To Be More Creative

Positive Obsessions Help To Be More Creative

Creativity coach Eric Maisel thinks obsession is a more or less necessary element of creative achievement – at least the healthy variety of obsession. He says, “Negative obsessions are a true negative for everyone, but most creators — and all would-be creators — simply aren’t obsessed enough. For an artist, the absence of positive obsessions […]

Tama Kieves on inspired desire and new directions

Tama Kieves on inspired desire and new directions

Tama Kieves is an inspiring example of someone who has overcome the pressures to keep following a path on which her high intelligence and capability gained her social and financial rewards, but at too great a spiritual cost because she was denying her creative passions. She had graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, but […]

The mind's potential - Josh Waitzkin: The Art of Learning

The mind’s potential – Josh Waitzkin: The Art of Learning

Josh Waitzkin was a National Chess Champion as a boy, and the subject of the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. He writes in his new book The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance about finding at a young age that “there is something profoundly hollow about the nature of fame. I had […]

Creative Talent: Genetics, A Muse, Or Hard Work?

Creative Talent: Genetics, A Muse, Or Hard Work?

How we think about having and developing abilities can have a strong impact on actually using our talents. For example, if we think creative expression has to wait for inspiration from a muse, or that there are only a few “chosen” geniuses with exceptional “gifts” in computer graphics, fashion design, writing or whatever, and think […]

Protect Yourself at Dysfunctional Family Gatherings

Protect Yourself at Dysfunctional Family Gatherings

Coach and author Suzanne Falter-Barns notes that “Not all of us are blessed with families of origin that really honor our unique creative gifts… some are even downright hostile about them. “We may love these folks in a visceral way, even when they kick sand on their dreams, and if that’s the case, we need […]

Matt Cardin on the Daimon and the Genius

Matt Cardin on the Daimon and the Genius

Matt Cardin is a horror writer, teacher, and musician-composer. Below is an excerpt from Chapter Two: A Brief History of the Daimon and the Genius, in his (free) ebook: “A Course in Demonic Creativity” available at his site Demon Muse – “a blog about the creative daimon muse: what it is, how to meet yours, […]

The Psychology of Music and Success as a College Student

The Psychology of Music and Success as a College Student

By Mike Simmons Back in grade school, I can remember my father lecturing me not to watch television while studying, yet I find myself and millions of college students, relatively, doing the same thing my father warned me of; listening to music while studying. With the millennial generation concerned with what they want at a […]

Divided attention spans and creativity

Divided attention spans and creativity

“It’s hard to focus. It’s hard to have a conversation without checking the iPhone. It’s hard to go to a shrink and spend a few minutes on the couch and not need to see what’s happening…. It’s even hard to finish a thought.” That is a quote from the article A creative retreat in the […]

Creativity for Smart People

Creativity for Smart People

By Steve Pavlina. According to a well-known stereotype, left-handed people such as myself are supposedly more creative than right-handed people. I don’t know if that stereotype has any basis in reality, but when I learned about it as a child, I assumed that because I was left-handed, I was supposed to be highly creative. That […]

Seeking our calling - the hero's journey to be self actualized

Seeking our calling – the hero’s journey to be self actualized

Diane Dreher, author of Your Personal Renaissance: 12 Steps to Finding Your Life’s True Calling, writes about the process: “Seeking your calling is a process of discovery that continues throughout your life, informed by your questions, your conflicts, and your deepest dreams. “It is the journey known by many names, from Homer’s Odyssey to the […]

Developing creativity: still seeking out beauty

Developing creativity: still seeking out beauty

By guest author Shelley Berc.  “We are all born creative, curious, and hungry to explore the world around and within us. “For a child, creativity is expressed in play and play is the way he learns. Life is just one big erector set that is to be snapped together and pulled apart in a thousand […]

Creativity and Motivational Orientation: The Psychology of Achieving Creative Potential

Creativity and Motivational Orientation: The Psychology of Achieving Creative Potential

By guest author Alexis Bonari The entity of creativity and the ways in which it is successfully brought to fruition have been studied extensively over a significant time period. Even prior to the twentieth century, researchers were fascinated by the psychology of creativity and its manifestation in different individuals. While much has been learned on […]

Creative and rejected: Stephen King and others

Creative and rejected: Stephen King and others

You can hoard creative work, keeping it hidden from others, and some people do just that – writing a novel, for example, that remains for years in a closet. But most creators need to risk criticism and rejection to get their project seen or realized. A screenplay doesn’t become a movie by staying secret. Stephen […]

Develop your creativity by dealing with ‘negative’ realities

Develop your creativity by dealing with ‘negative’ realities

By Cynthia Morris, CPCC It would be nice to believe that the life of a creative person is one long, happy adventure. But despite the freedom and satisfaction that can come from working as a creative professional, it’s not all fun. As a coach for writers, entrepreneurs and other creative types, I’ve seen the range […]

Multipotentiality: multiple talents, multiple challenges

Multipotentiality: multiple talents, multiple challenges

One of the myths of high ability, multitalented people is they can choose whatever personal and career paths they want, and realize their abilities without hindrance. It doesn’t always work out that way. In her Unwrapping the Gifted post “Multipotentiality,” K-12 gifted education specialist Tamara Fisher quotes Bryant (a pseudonym), a graduating senior who lists […]

Getting High Doesn't Make You Creative

Getting High Doesn’t Make You Creative

Beethoven reportedly drank wine about as often as he wrote music, and was an alcoholic or at least a problem-drinker. At least five U.S. writers who won the Nobel Prize for Literature have been considered alcoholics. Scientist Carl Sagan was reportedly a regular user of marijuana until his death in 1996. Richard Feynman (Nobel Prize […]

Anna Paquin and others on realizing multiple talents

Anna Paquin and others on realizing multiple talents

Many people make use of their abilities and achieve satisfaction in life by becoming focused pros or experts in one area. But many others keep exploring their multiple talents, interests and passions. In her article Are You a Scanner?, Barbara Sher identifies people with “intense curiosity about numerous unrelated subjects” who are “endlessly inquisitive and […]

How Teachers are Boosting Creativity

How Teachers are Boosting Creativity

By Brian Jenkins It’s difficult for students to be creative in bare, boring, lecture-based classrooms; stimulating activities, on the other hand, inspire creativity. Students need opportunities to explore, discover, and use their imagination. The emphasis should be on the process, not the product. Let’s take a look at how creativity is being fostered in schools […]

Childlike creativity: Nurturing Your Creative Mindset

Childlike creativity: Nurturing Your Creative Mindset

By Cat Robson When I was a child I was always trying to act as grown up as possible. I stifled a lot of my exuberance and creativity to fit in with my family and friends, and to be a good student. My parents’ friends called me ‘Little Old Cathy.’ Is all that innate playfulness […]

Creative Paths and Influences

Creative Paths and Influences

There is no GPS for the creative life; the pathways we may follow are too winding and the influences and inspirations come from so many places and times. Divergent thinking can even come into play when promoting creative projects. The photo is writer Sherrilyn Kenyon, who has some interesting comments below about influences on her […]

Developing Creativity: the Julia Cameron Live online program

Developing Creativity: the Julia Cameron Live online program

Julia Cameron Live online course and artists’ community: From the program site: “As author of The Artist’s Way, The Vein of Gold, and The Right to Write, her bestselling works on the creative process, Julia Cameron is credited with founding a movement that has enabled millions to realize their creative dreams. “Julia eschews the title […]

Dilbert: "I Like to Think I'm Creative"

Dilbert: “I Like to Think I’m Creative”

~~~ Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD (pronounced me-high chick- sent-me-high) explains in his article The Creative Personality: Ten paradoxical traits of the creative personality (from his book Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention) that “Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.” He says that “a core of […]

Incubating Innovation and Creativity

Incubating Innovation and Creativity

One of the theoretical four stages of creativity (along with preparation, illumination, and verification), incubation is defined as “a process of unconscious recombination of thought elements that were stimulated through conscious work at one point in time, resulting in novel ideas at some later point in time.” (Wikipedia) The photo is John Dabiri, a Professor […]

Link With Love - respect intellectual property

Link With Love – respect intellectual property

“It is our goal to inspire positive change in the way art, photography, design, words, music, film and ideas are shared on the internet. We believe that intellectual property needs to be handled with love and respect. We believe in the goodness of people. We believe in the power of the internet. We believe that […]

Creativity Is Sexual

Creativity Is Sexual

Deepak Chopra once commented: “Creativity is ultimately sexual – I’m sorry — but it is!” Other people agree. Writer Eve Ensler says that she believes “sexuality is the greatest gift we’ve been given. “Its energy is the basis of creativity, love, ambition, desire, life. Sexuality has gotten all these bad raps because it’s so powerful.” […]

School and your creative growth

School and your creative growth

Einstein reportedly was expelled from school for “undermining the authority of his teachers and being a disruptive influence.” Of course, that was a long time ago – but do current schools encourage creative people? “Montessori taught me the joy of discovery…It’s all about learning on your terms, rather than a teacher explaining stuff to you.” […]

How Can a Jack of All Trades Be Master of Most?

How Can a Jack of All Trades Be Master of Most?

By Angie Dixon I love the myth of the Jack of All Trades. Well, not exactly. I love to talk and teach about the myth of the Jack of All Trades Master of None, because I know that it is a myth. I love to watch what happens when someone realizes that Jack of All […]