Diary of a Financier

Bookshelf update: Creativity Inc.

In Bookshelf on Mon 27 Jul 2015 at 08:51

Two takeaways from Ed Catmull’s Creativity Inc., as embodied by the following excerpts…


1. Biases:

“Teach your brain to observe something clearly without letting your preconceptions kick-in…

“Focusing on something can make it more difficult to see… suspend, if only temporarily, the habits and impulses that obscure your vision.”

There definitely is a property of the human condition that makes intense focus a handicap.  I can attest from my experiences across business & sport.  There’s something to say about the muscle memory that we work so hard to develop in our subconscious — a product of the experience we compile from countless hours of practice in a field.

2. Enduring legacy:

“[Steve Jobs] used to say that as brilliant as Apple products are, eventually they all ended up at the bottom of a landfill. Pixar movies, on the other hand, would last forever.”




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