“Yes, you can teach creativity. You give people a set of tools and techniques and approaches, and you help them gain the necessary mindset. Creativity is a result of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that allow you to be a problem-solver.”—The always great Tina Seelig explains how to teach creativity in her interview with VentureBeat. (via creativesomething)
“If we stop worrying so much about being good and worry more about being satisfied; if we stop treating our kids like problems to be solved and parenthood like a skill to be mastered; if we simply calmed down about every little thing, then we might be able to enjoy ourselves a little more. Then things might just get better for everyone. Then things might just get great.”—The Downsides of Being a Great Dad by Richard Dorment (via esquire)
When you only listen to the top 40, you’re letting the crowd decide what you hear.
And if you consume nothing but the most liked, the most upvoted, the most viral, the most popular, you’ve abdicated responsibility for your incoming. Most people only read bestselling books. That’s what makes them bestsellers, after all.
The web keeps pushing the top 40 on us. It defaults to ‘sort by popular,’ surfacing the hits, over and over.
Mass markets and math being what they are, it’s likely that many of the ideas and products you consume in your life are in fact, consumed because they’re the most popular. It takes a conscious effort to seek out the thing that’s a little less obvious, the choice that’s a little more risky.
Popular is not the same important, or often, not the same as good.