A Muse Always Leaves Clues: 10 Quotes on Creative Change


1. Begin; if you’re scared, scared to fail, I say begin already, fail if you must, pick yourself up, start again. If you fail again, you fail. So what? – Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Cantadora)

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2. Small, mighty, seemingly impossible, or simply pure … when you know what someone’s dream is, your perspective leans toward openness. And every dream needs space to run. – Danielle LaPorte (Desire Map)

3. If you’re not willing to make it a daily change, then you don’t really want to change your life in this way. You only like the idea of learning to draw/speak Japanese/play guitar/program in php/etc. You don’t really want to do it. – Leo Babauta (Zen Habits)

4. Making actually means correcting. Revision – even more important. – Richard Diebenkorn ( American Painter)

5. To make a creative change in the quality of experience, it might be useful to experiment with one’s surroundings as well as with activities and companions. Taking charge of one’s environment – throwing out the excess, redecorating to one’s taste, making it personal and psychologically comfortable, could be the first step in reordering one’s life. – Mihaly Csikszentmihaly (Positive Psychologists)

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6. To be awake on the stage, to distort something – a movement, a gesture, a sentence, a word – requires an act of necessary violence… removing the comfortable assumptions about an object, a person, a word. By putting it all back in question. What is instantly definable is often forgettable. – Anne Bogart (Artistic Director)

7. Pursue positive experiences – playing ball with your child, enjoying a meal with a friend, tasting the salt in the air as you walk by the sea. I can afford these experiences: I cannot afford to live without them. Their price tag is low, and yet they are priceless. -Tal Ben Shahar (Positive Psych Author/Teacher)

8. Why be so proud that you refuse to take little steps when little steps are all that you can do. If you cannot make grand strides, at least try to move an inch. An inch in one direction, then an inch in another already make up a span of two inches. Gradually, we can improve on that. – Deng Ming-Dao (Monk)

9. Paint it red. Add several globs of glue. (Wild Card.) Choose an alteration yourself. – Keri Smith (Mash-up Artist)

10. “So what have you learned since I last saw you?” Bottom line: lifelong learning for everyone could well be the most sustainable advantage a business, a project, a family of any flavor can have. – Tom Peters (Biz Management Guru)

BONUS ROUND. It helps to hang around interesting people. And not necessarily people who do what you do. -Austin Kleon (Writer/Artist/Blogger)

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