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