Four Things that Highly Creative People Do

John Spencer, The Creative Classroom, Dec 13, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article helps dispel the myth of the genius. It's important to dispel this myth. The four things (paraphrased):

  • they make mistakes
  • they are normal
  • they are afraid nobody will like their stuff
  • they make stuff anyways.

These are totally true for me. Every time I write a post or give a talk or whatever, my first concern is that people won't like it. Then (when I'm on my game) I suck it up and do it anyways. Because there's a fifth thing:

  • they practice. A lot.

"The common theme there is work. They all work on their craft. Every. Day. And they spend hours and hours doing it. You can't productivity hack your way through it. You just have to spend hours working at your craft until the stuff you make goes from kind-of sucky to okay to prolific."

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