I’ve worked in the construction industry for most of my adult life, since I was 15 actually. And for a long time, it put money in my pocket. I’m grateful for that. I’m also grateful for what working in this business has taught me, and it has taught me plenty. But it’s a toxic game to operate in and everyone I speak to in the construction industry agrees with me.
If you want to know how to improve creativity in your work, you’ll be glad to know there are literally an infinity of ways you can do it. I think it’s better to consider the process as allowing creativity to do its work, rather that finding a way to improve creativity. Creativity is not something you can improve, it simply is.
Asking what is creativity is like asking how big is the sky. It’s a bit of a non-question. Some would say creativity is the degree of inventiveness we have, and I wouldn’t disagree. However, that doesn’t quite hit it for me, creativity is a little more subtle yet more complex than that.
They say you’re supposed to plan, to set goals, not simply go with the flow of things. Go after what you want relentlessly until you make it yours. Step out your process and know exactly where you are at every moment. Anything less is to be flakey and unreliable, or at best mediocre.
Hard selling is difficult to take, isn’t it? Businesses incapable of reading what it is you need trying to sell you shit you don’t want. Insurance salesmen do it, banks do it, supermarkets do it, for Christ’s sake even veterinarians do it! Well, all selling is not made equal, you don’t have to do it like this.
In his book The End of Time, Julian Barbour puts forward the proposition that what we perceive as the passage of time is an illusion. He says, if we could stand outside the universe and ‘see it like it really is’, it would appear to be static. I’m on board with this idea. Here I introduce you to his book and a new idea of time and space.
Why is it that simple tasks tend to offer the most satisfaction, and yet have an intense complexity? Gardening, washing dishes, hanging out clothes… Last week the missus had a notion of growing tomatoes in the kitchen window so out she went and bought a packet of tomato seeds.
I’m about to move into writing full-time and for structure, I need a writing daily routine. I need a simple routine, something that’s realistic and doesn’t kill my enthusiasm for writing anytime soon – not that I believe it will. The reason for moving now? A big fat NO.