I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso
Yesterday I watched the 1996 movie, Surviving Picasso, starring Anthony Hopkins and Natascha McElhone. It made me wonder about the bad behavior of so many famous creatives and also what separates the greats from everyone else. As I researched this, I learned that those who are great innovators like daVinci, Johannes Kepler, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, have a wide knowledge base to support their creativity.
This means constant learning from beyond your comfort zone. Constructive discomfort. Learning to draw analogies from one body of knowledge to another isn’t easy. Creating something that has never been done before is challenging and requires constant work, learning, and perseverance. We may not turn out to be Picassos but we can learn to be true creatives.
Affirmation: I am creative.
Coaching questions: Are you willing to endure “constructive discomfort” to enhance your creativity? What area of knowledge are you sitting on the edge of that you need to embrace? What are your creative goals? What would it mean to you to achieve them?