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Why Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates both do this mundane chore
They both prefer to wash the dishes. It's what I've always said: I come up with my best ideas when I'm washing the dishes, showering, brushing my teeth or otherwise doing some other soothing, mentally simple activity.
people-jeff-bezos  people-bill-gates  mind  brain  creativity 
november 2017 by daguti
How to Succeed at Work? Censor Yourself | Acumen | OZY
This seems to conflict with "ARE YOU A BIT OF A LOSER? DON'T WORRY, YOU'RE PROBABLY REALLY CREATIVE" bookmarked on 2012-09-20
creativity  social-skills 
december 2014 by daguti
Scared Someone Will Laugh at Your Ideas?
Not really anti-something, but the article talks about why people will always shoot down your ideas. ---------------------------------------------- Also, when people ask me to give them feedback on their ideas, I am typically very honest - and I follow up that advice with "But don't take my word as the be-all-end-all. I would have bet against Google when Yahoo was king and against Starbucks when Dunkin Donuts was king." ---------------------------------------------- "When young drivers are starting to race, this is one of the most critical lessons that they learn. When you’re driving at 200mph you need to focus on the road in front of you. If you look at the wall, then you’ll end up hitting it. Focus on what you have to do rather than what people have to say about it."
business-ideas  warnings  creativity  innovation  anti-something 
april 2014 by daguti
Are all new things a mash-up of what came before? A Q&A with Kirby Ferguson | TED Blog
This reminds of that Carl Sagan quote: 'If you want to create an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.' ......................................... videos-to-watch = Click the link "today's TEDTalk"
creativity  analysis  videos-to-watch  tedtalks 
march 2014 by daguti
Expensive cities are killing creativity - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
large-systems = We thought that the democratization of creation would be good, but it seems to have had the opposite effect. This comes down to cognitive-load. When we're overwhelmed, there is no choice but to stop the flow - and you do that by setting up artificial barriers. "Over the past decade, as digital media made it possible for anyone, anywhere, to share their ideas and works, barriers to professional entry tightened and geographical proximity became valued. Fields where advanced degrees were once a rarity - art, creative writing - now view them as a requirement. Unpaid internships and unpaid labour are rampant, blocking off industry access for those who cannot work without pay in the world's most expensive cities."
cities  creativity  wealth-income-distribution  culture  society  large-systems  cognitive-load  innovation 
january 2014 by daguti
Investing: I have $5. What is the best way to invest and grow my money? - Quora
Make sure you get to the end of the comment. The winning team sold their 3 minute presentation slot to a company who wanted to recruit students!
creativity  entrepreneurship  innovation 
april 2013 by daguti
Creativity's Dark Side: Dan Ariely on Creativity, Rationalization and Dishonesty: Scientific American Podcast
Lies and fraud are not based on morality, but on environment. 'Even the most honest person put at the top of a Wall Street firm would quickly be disqualified from sainthood.'
audio  creativity  morality  lies-lying 
march 2013 by daguti
5 Big Discoveries About Personal Effectiveness in 2012 | Psychology Today
books-to-buy = Strangers To Ourselves 1) You dont' know yourself as well as you think. Ask someone else's advice on how you'd react. 2) Solve your problems by distracting yourself from them with mildly cognitively engaging tasks, such as a video game, dish washing, etc. 3) Solve your problems by thinking of them in the third person (as yourself trying to solve the same problem for someone else) 4) Take a nap to increase brainpower. 5)
personal-development  books-to-buy  sleep  creativity 
february 2013 by daguti
Why Legos Are So Expensive — And So Popular : Planet Money : NPR
It's always possible to win. You just have to be creative.


"The company tried to argue in court that no other company had the legal right to make stacking blocks that look like Legos.

"That didn't fly," Robertson says. "Every single country that Lego tried to make that argument in decided against Lego."

But Lego did find a successful way to do something Mega Bloks could not copy: It bought the exclusive rights to Star Wars. If you want to build a Death Star out of plastic blocks, Lego is now your only option.

The Star Wars blocks were wildly successful. So Lego kept going — it licensed Indiana Jones, Winnie the Pooh, Toy Story and Harry Potter.

Sales of these products have been huge for Lego. More important, the experience has taught the company that what kids wanted to do with the blocks was tell stories. Lego makes or licenses the stories they want to tell."
business  toys  children  startups-going-above-and-beyond  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  creativity  business-models 
december 2012 by daguti
Some thoughts and musings about making things for the web - The Oatmeal
Think about it deeply, then forget about it. Weeks later, lots of ideas will pop into your head.
funny  personal-development  creativity  writing 
november 2012 by daguti
Are You A Bit Of A Loser? Don't Worry, You're Probably Really Creative | Co.Create: Creativity \ Culture \ Commerce
"Are you a recovering high school geek who still can’t get the girl? Are you always the last person picked for your company’s softball team? When you watched Office Space, did you feel a special kinship to the stapler-obsessed Milton Waddams? If you answered yes to any of these questions, do not despair. Researchers at Johns Hopkins and Cornell have recently found that the socially rejected might also be society’s most creatively powerful people." - Social rejection might fuel creativity. ............................ research-studies-conflicting = This seems to conflict with "How to Succeed at Work? Censor Yourself" bookmarked on 2014-12-19.
childrearing  social-skills  creativity  research-studies-conflicting 
september 2012 by daguti
If children’s drawings were made into toys… | Today I Learned Something New
"There is a studio (http://www.childsown.com/) which creates soft toys based on children’s drawings that their parents send in. Once completed, parents can buy these toys for their children, which I think is a very interesting concept and business model.

But what is more interesting is seeing these weird creatures that come “alive” as toys."
creativity  projects-w-matt-art  business-ideas-niche  children  toys  art 
may 2012 by daguti
Copywriting swipe file tutorial | Copywriting.com
This is talking about a swipe file for storing examples of good copy-writing, but it could also work for many other things...

Good examples of:
- blog layout
- direct mail
- email newsletters
- successful Pinterest photos
- infographics
- etc...
Now that I think about it, I have a digital swipe file in my website-examples or social-media-marketing-campaigns tags... many others also...
work-tools  reference  inspiration  creativity  frameworks  marketing-tactics--writing-copy  marketing-tools--swipe-file 
march 2012 by daguti
Inside-Out Your Mind : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR
This and other similar examples: "There are doctors in China who believe it is their job to keep you healthy. So any month you are healthy, you pay them. Any month you are sick, you don't have to pay them because they failed at their job." The book is "Imagine" by Jonah Lehrer.
society  perception  books-to-buy  creativity  innovation  culture  countries-japan 
march 2012 by daguti
Merton Video #6 : London : The Iain Lee Show on Absolute Radio - YouTube
This is the same "Chatroulette Piano Improv Guy" that I've bookmarked before.
funny  video  creativity 
january 2012 by daguti
Cheryl Hayashi: The magnificence of spider silk | Video on TED.com
creativity = Her quote at 12:08 ----> "But it's unexpected results like this that make bio-prospecting so exciting and worthwhile. It frees us from the constraints of our imagination"

I have long been a fan of using "mental exercises" for making non-linear mental leaps. Luke Williams discusses techniques like this in his book "Disruption"
video  creativity  tedtalks  biology  science 
december 2011 by daguti
Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations | Video on TED.com
"All companies die"
evolvify-topics = Not 100% true, but tied to the fact that human constructions (cities, buildings, companies, etc) grow in the same predictable ways that nature does.

At 8:05, "Economies of scale" - tied to Charlie Munger's "mental models" - the fact that an elephant 1million times larger than a mouse doesn't need a million times more energy (economy of scale) FTA: "The bigger you are, the less needed per 'capita'" (at ~8:15)

VERY IMPORTANT: at 9:00, he lists 5 rules of biological life, which (I believe) are easily transposed to business and the universe at large.. especially rules b, c and d:
b) bigger u are,  less needed per capita
c) pace of life slows w/ increasing size
d) growth is sigmoidal, reaching stable size @maturity

At 15:00 (or before), discussion regarding the "built-in" collapse for companies/societies and the need for faster and faster "innovation" or "changing of gears" to avoid collapse.

people-geoffrey-west = Seen him on PBS. strting tag
video  tedtalks  creativity  mathematics  evolvify-topics  mental-models  cities  business  me-stuff  patterns  people-geoffrey-west 
july 2011 by daguti
Olin College — Re-Engineering Engineering
Learning to think differently. At this point, I asked the student if he really did not know the conventional answer to this question. He admitted that he did, but said that he was fed up with high school and college instructors trying to teach him how to
creativity  physics  inspiration  interesting  brain 
october 2007 by daguti
Cool Tool: Oblique Strategies
Useful dilemma prompt cards; a portable oracle
creativity  writers-block  gifts  cool-tools 
september 2007 by daguti
Cool Tool: 40 Principles
This overpriced book contains a set of 40 design strategies for inventing.
creativity  books  writers-block  cool-tools 
september 2007 by daguti
Theocacao: Apple's Secret Ingredient
If you look at what Apple's done over the last few years, there's an almost absurd amount of fresh thinking and major leaps forward. At some points along the timeline, things just seem to magically click together at the right places.
apple  inspiration  business  creativity  motivation-for-me  analysis 
september 2006 by daguti
Inside Google's New-Product Process
Inside Google's New-Product Process The philosophy is, try a bunch of ideas, refine them, and see what survives, says Marissa Mayer, the search giant's product-launch czar
google  business  business-ideas  inspiration  creativity  motivation-for-me 
june 2006 by daguti
Slow Leadership: How to Kill Creativity
How to Kill Creativity Most organizations claim they value creative, innovative people; yet many operate in ways guaranteed to limit, block or destroy whatever creativity their people have.
Entrepreneurship  leadership  business-culture  startups  creativity  management  productivity 
june 2006 by daguti
Curtains Without Windows
Representative of what motivates us as a group. . . I think. I can't speak for all of us, but I think. . .
curiosity  education  interesting  children  life-affirming  creativity  filmmaking-ideas 
may 2006 by daguti

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