Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
Curiosity is the secret. Curiosity is the truth and the way of creative living. Curiosity is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. Furthermore, curiosity is accessible to everyone. Passion can seem intimidatingly out of reach at times – a distant tower of flame, accessible only to geniuses. But curiosity is a milder, quieter, more welcoming, and more democratic entity.
The stakes of curiosity are also far lower than the stakes of passion. Passion makes you get divorced and sell all your possessions and shave your head and move to Nepal. Curiosity doesn’t ask nearly so much of you. In fact, curiosity only ever asks one simple question: “Is there anything you’re interested in?”
Creativity starts by forgetting about perfect. We don’t have time for perfect. In any event, perfection is unachievable. Perfection stops people from completing their work, yes – but even worse, it often stops people from beginning their work… Perfection is often a high-end, haute couture version of fear.
There are two ways to turn an idea into reality. You can play bowling, or you can play ping pong. The old way, is bowling. You have that ball in your hand and it’s so big, it is so heavy, it shines so beautifully. Then you throw that bowling ball and pray it will hit target.
But this isn’t a good way to create and innovate. A better way is just as playing ping pong: you take a tiny little ball, not expensive, and there you go: ping pong ping pong … and you create something together. And that is nice.
Summing-up: Creative living is living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.