Creativity and professionalism: how to become a machine for the production of creativity
We have a lot of creative readers, and for their benefit, for their professionalism this article will be extremely useful. However, our other readers who are not less and sometimes more useful work, too, can find many useful things in this great life hack too creative and unhappy.
Imagine, for example, one day in the life of Jack London is a fascinating traveler and author of hundreds of short stories and over 50 books, including such classics as «call of the wild» and «White Fang.»
If we could travel back a hundred years ago, then after entering his room, a typical Sunny California morning, we could see him lying on the bed, on the mountain of pillows. Standing beside the curbstone, there is a hell of a pile of cigars in the corner of the room, hang pieces of paper with different markers, and the author writes their recent history, like a leaf, marking the tablet with a paper directly on your lap.
It may seem that all of his stories London wrote what is called «from nature», traveling simply uncharted territories, looking for the Klondike, breathing fresh mountain air…
In fact, it was exactly the opposite. He breathed solely in tobacco smoke and after work with pleasure and desperate for relief applied to the bottle. His working process he described: «I assume his duties as a slave. I hate writing,» or, «I am none other than just a very good craftsman». A typical conversation about the profession ended like this: «I hate my profession. I hate the profession that I chose!» And despite this, hardly anyone dare to call him a bad writer, unless you are crazy teacher of Philology, gebesee for the sake of its own credibility everyone and everything.
It would seem that if you do not like to write, then what the hell are you doing? Working hands is always a price, and at that time they were valued twice. The answer is very simple. London knew how to write, and were paid well for it. It was necessary as-that to support his family, and he was able to expand my ranch, so one and a half decades of struggle were not in vain.
Perhaps it was simple hysteria creative person, because to write is not easy. Maybe he was just a character of steel, and he knew that in any other way the good life he can’t get to. In General, he approached his work like a true professional.
You are a professional or Amateur?
We are accustomed to thinking of the word «professional» as a designation of a person who has reached in his profession the highest skill and conform to certain standards. And it’s by definition are supposed to make good money.
But the fact that the word takes its roots from the Latin professionem – «to declare openly». In the Middle ages it was transformed in the French profession – the so-called vows, which gave that entering into a religious order, then this term has come to denote any solemn Declaration.
Inspiration is for Amateurs, the rest just come and start to work.
– Chuck close –We offer you to revive that original point of view on professionalism by treating it as an attitude, mindset, unwavering commitment to work with you. Maybe you hate your job so much that it begins to seem like London loved to write. If the work is annoying, annoying, so you should have patience. While «fans» waiting for inspiration and when they will visit a desire to start work, the «experts» do not work depending on the mood. This vow may be based on a commitment to creating something beautiful, and maybe it is based on the understanding that without this money it will be even worse.
By the way, in those professions that require the need of painstaking approach to get myself to work much easier than in the professions that require creativity. However, if there are no prerequisites to the beginning of the creative process, nothing good will come out.
But professionals know that if to take action, if you start working, the inspiration will come. Since the action generates feelings more effectively than feelings lead to action, professionals ultimately reach goals faster than lazy dreamers.
However, to start working as a professional is difficult. If you now try, it is possible to verify this. A question arises: how, then, to learn to think professionally, if the desire does not appear. I guess I have to resort to the daily routine of a professional.
The daily routine: a powerful web of creative professionalism
My experience is that most really serious creative people I know follow a routine and not particularly pleasant work habits.
– John C. Adams (composer) –all creative people your approach to discipline. Some got up early while others slept until lunch. Some of us worked at the table, some lounging on beds. Many people like solitude and silence, and some were not opposed to the noisy interruptions.
However, despite the difference in the ways and routines of these writers, thinkers and artists, they had one thing in common: they’re stuck in a rut of routine! Jack London every day was the same working procedures. Son of Charles Dickens, wrote that his father was even more monotonous and boring habits than the ordinary clerk.
It would seem that creative people everywhere the freedom and creativity, but instead attaches itself to the drab, methodical routine. And for what? In order to effectively and consistently reach their genius.
Rutin acts as the pivot point, which helps the professional to fulfill a vow and to perform the task.
In the right hands it can be accurately calibrated as a mechanism to achieve limited resources: time (the most limited resource of all) as well as willpower, self-discipline, optimism. A solid routine helps to prevent the tyranny of mood.
The routine sets the movement of creativity. It does not give time for pointless navel gazing and waiting for inspiration. Perhaps Cobain would still be alive if I’d done the work and their way of life is orderly and boring. Well, if Seattle is so often rains.
In his memoirs, Stephen king was told that routine work is a kind of «fill» to «creative sleep». What does it mean? Simply put, the great science fiction firmly believe that by acquiring a certain amount of sleep every day at a certain time, you are forcing your mind to «creative sleep,» that is vividly imagined waking dreams which can turn into quite a good works of fiction. In other words, creativity is a habit, which, like everything else, is cultivated through daily training and everyday work. It would be nice to have talent, but unfortunately, not everyone is this lucky.
4 keys to solve problems
Routine a reasonable person is a sign of ambition. A modern stoic knows that the surest way to discipline passion is to discipline time: decide what you want or need to do during the day, and then you’ll have no worries.
– W. H. Auden –of Course, everyone has their rituals, their habits, but there are 4 post that you just must perform.
1. To do the most important work first. This allows you to apply the sharpness and freshness of his mind and imagination in the most important tasks.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe argued that people work better «after enhanced sleep, and not chasing absurd little things of everyday life.»
2. To strive for constant discipline. You might think that a strict routine was the only ascetic writers and artists who worked in their offices, as the Pope Carlo, and don’t see the light. But even those who lost at parties, slept irregularly and indulged in various vices, knew to bring themselves to a severe hangover – a luxury. Ernest Hemingway, for example, woke up with the first rays of the sun and began to write, even if the alcohol drinking the night before poured out of his ears.
3. To stay clear, measurable goals. Many writers, for example, I set myself a goal to write a certain number of words before heading to rest. Daily rate Hemingway was symbolic: «not to fool ourselves». London wrote 1000 words every day regardless of whether he was home or rocked in a boat on the Pacific ocean. Some writers thus wrote novels in six months. The main thing – to develop the habit, perhaps, after this 1000 words will seem childish prattle.
4. To work with an eye for the long term.
Everything will come, everything will come, but not immediately. We must learn to wait. For example, the artist Charles Schultz, Creator of the popular on the other side of both side of the oceans of the comic strip «Peanuts» (the one where the dog Snoopy), worked alone for seven hours a day, 5 days a week for nearly 50 years. And he commended the works: he made a fortune, became a respected cartoonist, relatives still receive royalties, the comic has become a cultural heritage of America, and the price tags of works Sulza striking abundance of zeros.