Monday, February 25, 2013

171 ~on creativity

IGNITING THE CREATIVE FIRE THAT LIVES WITHIN US ALL





In Cirque du Soleil: The Spark - Igniting the Creative Fire that Lives within Us All,Lyn Heward, former President of Cirque du Soleil, tells the story of an ordinary man searching for meaning in his life and work.

Creativity means courage:

“Creativity is first and foremost all about courage—a willigness to take risks, to try new things, and to share the experience with others.”


Envision your life and take a leap of faith:

“I realized I was starting to fall back into the same rut I was in before—sleepwalking through life, eyes half open, with no real sense of direction. Why I had chosen my profession in the first place? Why had I chosen to live this way?

You have to find something you care about enough to build your life around it.

Nothing of significance could be accomplished without taking a leap of faith. But first you need a vision.”


Embrace the unknown:

 “It is amazing how much we fear the unknown—even when the unknown carries with it the possibility of success. We are so determined to stick to our comfort zones that we learn to live with disappointment, as long as it’s familiar and safe. Our fears hold us back, makes us fall short of our goals. Only by taking risks can we hope to accomplish the extraordinary.”


Creativity demands confidence:

“There are no limits; anything is possible. Believe that, live that way, and you can accomplish extraordinary things.

Michelangelo said, ‘David was inside the stone—I just needed to chip away all the pieces that weren’t David.’"


Pace the stretch zone:

“We face our fears every day. The fact is, we want to scare ourselves some—to reach our limits and then go beyond them. We have to shove ourselves off the cliff before we start flying. The greatest danger is not failing but getting comfortable.”



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