Rick Rubin

I never decide if an idea is goof or bad until I try it.  So much of what gets in the way of things being good is thinking that we know.  And the more that we can remove any baggage we're carrying with us, and just be in the moment, use our ears, and pay attention to what's happening, and just listen to the inner voice that directs us, the better.  But it's not the voice in your head.  It's a different voice.  It's not intellect.  It's not a brain function.  It's a body function, like running from a tiger. ... being open to using your instincts instead of going, "Oh, that's not going to work." Or listening to the part of your brain that goes, "Oh, that's out of tune." Or the part of your brain that says, "That's too loud." You have to shut off all of those voices and look for these special moments  - these moments that you accept you have no control over.  So much of my job is to not think - to be open to what's there, and then use my intuition to see where it takes me. ~ Rick Rubin


Want to Be More Creative?

Get more sleep and have protein for breakfast. According to Stanford professor Baba Shiv: "...stress dampens the ability to be creative. When you’re pressured or anxious, your brain is high on cortisol. It seeks safety, which means it will keep you focused on the beaten path. This is not the road to innovation. The right neurochemical cocktail for your best creative work is a high level of both serotonin and dopamine. This will produce a condition in which you are calm but energized. And what’s the best way to get that combination? A good night’s sleep."



A Measure of Your Own Belief

Recently I was trying to hang a silky blouse and it kept falling off the hanger and floating to the floor. My first thought: "Poor Blouse, she can't take it anymore." I have this urge to anthropomorphize objects in my life. There's something compelling about believing everything has a spirit.

I think that's why I'm drawn to Bent Objects by Terry Border.

And another take on this type of art by Vik Muniz:

The Virtues of DayDreaming

Apparently doing boring activities benefits creativity. New research highlighted in the New Yorker reveals that daydreaming or put another way, letting your mind wander, is productive. Though the researchers found you are better off doing a mindless task while incubating solutions as opposed to sitting alone and focusing on the problem.

“We always assume that you get more done when you’re consciously paying attention to a problem,” Schooler told me. “That’s what it means, after all, to be ‘working on something.’ But this is often a mistake. If you’re trying to solve a complex problem, then you need to give yourself a real break, to let the mind incubate the problem all by itself. We shouldn’t be so afraid to actually take some time off.”

Ways to Activate Your Right Brain

Your right brain is the seat of your creativity. Here are some exercises to activate it. Doing these exercises can help clear your mind, elevate your writing, or even help you get in touch with your spiritual side. 1. If you're right-handed, write a paragraph with your left hand. 2. Right words from right to left, reversing the letters. 3. Sing a song. 4. Draw a picture. 5. Play a strategy game like chess.