In this week’s Sunday Letters article I’m taking a look at how we can make rational decisions and how sometimes, what we think is rational is actually irrational, and if not irrational, certainly to our disadvantage.
How To Solve Problems By Analogy The ability to solve problems is an essential skill for our survival and growth in the fast-paced, moment to moment shifting of modern society. No matter what the domain of expertise or work, challenges present themselves at an ever-increasing rate. And so it should be, for what is a […]
Self Disciplines of Buckminster Fuller In 1927, Buckminster Fuller found himself in financial ruin and personal turmoil. Five years earlier, his first child, Alexandra, has passed away aged four from spinal meningitis. Now his business had failed, leaving him broke with investors, his family and friends who invested in him, at a loss. He drank […]
In today’s article, I want to get into the subject of going deep and narrow versus going broad and shallow. Some advice suggests we should diversify, be skilled in many areas – broad and shallow in other words.
When does creativity happen? It seems that the more we try to make something happen, the more interference we introduce to the creative process. So how do we achieve a breakthrough?
Sunday Letters has been on the go about 18 months or so and over the 77 odd issues, the format has been pretty much one dimensional and simple: an article. But now it’s time for change. When I started writing again I decided to forget about monetising and just write about things that interested me. […]
Today’s Sunday Letters article is an extract from The Artist’s Manifesto chapter three and looks at the contrast in letting it happen versus making it happen. The popular advice and resultant often unchallenged perceptions are that if something is to materialise in our experience then we’ve got to make it happen. It’s as if our precise detailing and planning are paramount and without them, we fail. But this is a false idea.
Is it that there is too much data vying for our attention or is it perhaps that there’s too much of our attention competing for all that data? It’s an interesting consideration because you see, popular commentary will lead us to believe that everything out there is the problem.
Finding a quiet space in which to create is perhaps one of the single most important prerequisites for creative work. This is true now as it has always been, despite the popular modern convention towards collaborative workspaces. Spaces where we allow ourselves to be herded like cattle into boxes by corporate entities who pretend through their willful managers, to care for our wellbeing. They don’t.
What is an artist? What is art? How is an artist defined and who exactly gets to set the definition? Is everyone an artist like Picasso said or is it that creative genius is reserved for those fortunate enough to be blessed with talent at birth as the ancient Greeks and Romans believed?