We are all gifted with creativity and imagination, but for some of us, the drive to create, combine, invent, or transform permeates all aspects of our well-being. This urge brings great beauty, joy, and delight into the world, but it can come with its own challenges, especially when we live in a culture that measures the value of our work only in commercial potential. Creatives can live in constant tension between self-discovery and self-criticism, freedom and security. Finding balance and joy within this identity can be a journey that requires courage and self-compassion.
Artists encounter unique challenges. They are required to continually make new work that feels original and significant, but not too close to that of their peers and predecessors. They encounter public audiences that are quick to deem contemporary art esoteric or absurd.
Our obsession with productivity - to-do lists, life hacks, morning routines - is making us less productive, says digital anthropologist Rahaf Harfoush. She explains why we need to redesign our workday around creativity - not just efficiency.
One of the world’s leading creative artists, choreographers, and creator of the smash-hit Broadway show, Movin’ Out, shares her secrets for developing and honing your creative talents—at once prescriptive and inspirational, a book to stand alongside The Artist’s Way and Bird by Bird.