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Most groundbreaking work takes at least a full decade or more to reveal itself.
For example, one study found that of 500 famous musical pieces, nearly all of them were created after year 10 of the composer's career. Similar patterns were found with poets and painters and even in the fields of science and math. This period of hard work is also referred to as the 'ten years of silence.'
Successful writers do not write elegant first drafts, nor do they feel wildly enthusiastic and confident.
Creating something useful and compelling means you have to permit yourself to let the inspiration flow. You will write a lot of junk but can then sift through it to find bits and pieces of brilliance here and there.
The act that will uncover creative genius is by forcing yourself to create regularly and on a schedule, not just create when you feel inspired.
The best thing you can do is to do a huge volume of work. Creative genius becomes visible when you work consistently to get the average ideas out of the way.
People who consistently create something will begin to judge their own work.
When you start to overjudge your work, it is natural to feel disappointed that your creation does not live up to your expectations. Practice enough self-compassion not to let self-judgment take over and prevent delivery.
It will encourage you to do your best work and will also provide feedback. You will see others connect with what you create, and will be inspired to care even more.
What seems simple to you is often brilliant to another person. You'll miss that if you fail to share.
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Prodigies like Picasso, who created a masterpiece at age twenty, tend to be "conceptual" in the sense that they start with a clear idea of where they want to go, and then accomplish it. Picasso once said that he could hardly understand the importance given to the word 'research.'
But late bloomers tend to work the other way around. Their goals are imprecise and their procedure experimental. They build their skills gradually throughout their careers, improving slowly over long periods.
Experimental artists are perfectionists and are typically plagued by frustration in their inability to reach their goal. Their creativity proceeds through trial and error and takes a long time to come to fruition.
It means producing something novel or original, evaluating, solving problems, whether on paper, on stage, in a laboratory or even in the shower.
Geniuses know “how” to think, instead of “what” to think.
People who are more creative can simultaneously engage brain networks that don’t typically work together.