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“Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.” – Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645, legendary Japanese swordsman

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle (384-322 BC, Greek philosopher)

“Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.” – Sun Tzu (c. 490 BC, Chinese military strategist)

“Unless a variety of opinions are laid before us, we have no opportunity of selection, but are bound of necessity to adopt the particular view which may have been brought forward.” – Herodotus (5th century BC Greek historian)

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The jumbo size formula in fast food usually involves a combination of three or four menu items all in larger than average proportions.

Transfer the jumbo size formula to your creative efforts. The next time you have a large creative appetite, pick several of your best creative talents, combine them, and use them in a bigger way than you have before.

That’s the way you Jumbo Size Your Creativity.

Want an example?

If you can draw, write, and are funny, getting the message across in your upcoming presentation could involve creating a cartoon to make your point in a bolder way!

That will be $4.79 at the next window. Please pull forward.  – Mike Brown

 

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Liz Phair did an “iTunes Original” session in 2005 that features an interview. An art history major at Oberlin College, she talks about the expectations that were in place for her art; it had to be of a certain form, subject matter, and caliber to be considered valid by those that would view and judge it.

When creating music early on, however, she felt no such expectations, thinking no one would hear it. To her, music was a “playful expression” with tremendous freedom and opportunity to express herself. She does cite the irony in that music, and not art, became her career.

Do you harbor the same challenge AND the same opportunity? Do you have a creative outlet that is tremendously freeing and fulfilling because you’re the only audience for it?

If this is your situation, think about how you can transfer that sense of freedom into the more visible areas of your work, family life, and other outlets. This can’t help but make your efforts more creative and alive. And you can still decide whether you want to express your playful creativity more broadly or keep it to yourself.

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What are one or two areas where you want and need your creative effort to be spectacular? List them, then ask yourself, “What shortcuts can I take to get to spectacular?”

Figure out how you can apply these ideas to go right to the front of the spectacular line!

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I saw this phrase in a magazine ad recently: “It’s time to let nothing contain you.”

So what contains you – creatively, mentally, spiritually, physically, geographically, financially, or some other important way?

Spend 5 minutes to list these things out. Take 15 minutes imagining what you can do to break the containment and reap the benefits. Then take action to get outside the walls that hold you in!

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“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Abraham Maslow

“It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.” – Gore Vidal

“Delay is preferable to error.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” – Anatole France

“50 million Elvis fans can’t be wrong.” – Elvis Presley

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My wife has been putting together some very complex puzzles lately, with many pieces, odd shapes, and undifferentiated images from piece to piece. Completing them as quickly as she does requires intense concentration.

Along the way, there are times when she’ll get stuck; it will seem impossible to find the particular piece she needs next. Often when she’s in that situation, I’ll walk by, chat briefly, and she’ll find the piece (or I will) almost instantly.

She credits me with being good luck when that happens. While that certainly makes me feel good, it’s obviously not true. I suspect one of two things is going on when this happens and both tie directly to perspective, as so much of creative problem solving does.

If I happen to find the piece, it’s simply because I’m bringing no previous perspective to the problem. I’m seeing the patterns of shapes and images from a new and different angle than she is. And if our brief interaction is coincident with her finding the piece, it’s because the time we interacted is enough to break her concentration, allowing her if not a new, at least a fresher perspective as she reimmerses herself in the puzzle.

So next time you’re working alone, concentrating intensely on trying to solve a problem with the door closed and the phone on send, consider letting yourself be interrupted. The break in concentration may be just what you need to figure out the problem or to at least have the interrupter do it for you!

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