Creativity has been my favorite topic for years. At the same time, I’ve always loved to collect quotes that inspired me. Let me share with you these 17 great creativity quotes which provoke new way of thinking and encourage re-evaluation of old views. May they inspire you too!
- “Creativity takes courage. ” – Henri Matisse
- “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” – Pablo Picasso
- “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath
- “Doors are for people with no imagination.” – Derek Landy
- “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” – Ken Robinson
- “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein
- “The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing. ” – Ernest Hemingway
- “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams
- “Creativity is the greatest expression of liberty.” – Bryant H. McGill
- “Negativity is the enemy of creativity.” – David Lynch
- “Creators are creative because they believe they are creative.” – Michael Michalko
- “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” – Edwin Land
- “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso
- “You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club” – Jack London
- “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try” – Dr. Seuss
- “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?” – George Bernard Shaw
- “Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein
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I love discovering new interesting people who I can learn from. We all know how important it is to have a mentor if we want to grow personally constantly. As for me, I don’t have a real mentor even though all my friends teach me something. It’s a great honor and pleasure to learn from them since each one of my closest friends is an incredibly intelligent person.
I am proud to say that all my friends constantly feed my brain with ideas and help me grow although they are not really my mentors, they are my friends.
There are several people who I can call virtual mentors. Jeff Walker and Marie Forleo have been such people for me in the last few years. Their experience and wisdom helped me understand a lot about business. Their weekly and sometimes daily videos gave me a chance to learn from them on a regular basis.
Recently I’ve discovered several new people who started inspiring me even more: Michael Hyatt, Rory Vaden, Simon Sinek. All these successful entrepreneurs and fascinating personalities have a message to convey and an experience to share. Why not use the opportunity that our online world gives us?
Who are your mentors? Is it somebody you know personally or virtually? Can you advice an interesting public figure who helped you grow personally and professionally?
Have I already told you about the “Miracle Morning’ book by Hal Elrod? It will be surprising if I haven’t. Last summer I stumbled upon this book in one of the articles on the Internet. It was recommended for those who want to become more disciplined, take hold of their life and improve productivity. I had recently started my business and it was just what I needed.
As it turns out, the inspiration that we get from reading self-help literature usually doesn’t last long. It’s crucial to keep reminding ourselves of our vision, mission and goals in life. Only constant focus on my main purpose helps me beat the desire to sleep in the morning. Sometimes the battle is agonizing. Sometimes the bed is too luring for me, and it wins the battle. However, when I remember what drives me in this life, why I was created in the first place, it’s easier to fight and win.
As soon as the battle is over and the morning begins, everything is easy. Hal Elrod gives several very important tips on how to start our day right. Some of these tips include drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning, forget about the snooze button, create our personal morning routine, etc. These are not new ideas or techniques, but he explains everything in a very motivational way.
If you haven’t read this book and would really love to change your life, become more productive, successful and just plain happier – read it by all means!!! And what’s more important, start implementing it right away. You will see changes in your life, I have no doubt in that!
“Why do you travel?” – I asked my best friend who has been to 54 countries of the world. “To get new eyes, – she said and quoted Marcel Proust, – ‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Maia told me that each trip to a new destination helps her understand herself better. It also results in rediscovering the life and people back home and helps to see them in a new light.
How many countries have YOU visited? Which parts of the world are you yet to see? Our beautiful planet is an incredible gift from the Creator. We live our busy life cramming it with very urgent and important things, but so often we forget to live. You might have so many legitimate excuses not to travel, but all of them will crack and break like shattered glass when faced with powerful reasons:
- Travel for personal growth. Every country will reveal something new for you, every person you meet will make your heart a little bigger.
- Travel to learn. Each culture is unique and amazingly beautiful, each little place on earth has huge potential to broaden our worldview and expand our knowledge.
- Travel for success. Each trip abroad helps you become more interesting as a personality. It gives you edge in negotiations, increases your chances for promotion or for getting a new job.
- Travel to help less fortunate. There are so many places in the world that need our help. Go on a mission trip, and it will change your life as well as the lives of those you help!
- Travel to capture the beauty. Take your camera on a journey with you and start creating memories. Become an artist without a brush, become a creator of moments and share them with the world.
- Travel to make new friends. Each person you encounter on your journey may become a good friend for you. Each friend you make has the potential to bring the whole new world into your life.
- Travel to practice the language you’re learning. Need to practice Spanish? Go to Latin America, Spain or Portugal. Would like to become more fluent in English? Great Britain or USA will give you lots of opportunities to dive into the culture and feel the language from within.
Let’s go on a 5-day language tour to New York City with us. You will not only get English classes with the native speaker but will have a chance to immerse into American culture, see the best sights, try awesome food and visit famous places where most popular movies were shot!
New York Language Tour
And remember – if it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. Not enough money? Stop spending them for unnecessary clothes or stuff. Not enough time? Become more organized, get up earlier to get more things done.
So, now it’s your turn. Make a list of countries you would want to visit in your life. Share with us at least three of them in the comments below. And start planning your trip!
Have you ever had a desire to invent something unique and unbelievably useful? Something that would save people’s lives or make our lives easier and better. I’ve had this desire for a long time but haven’t come even close to inventing or creating anything. Do you think we should drop this kind of thinking and just live our lives like anybody else? Is there any use in trying to achieve something great, always longing for a bigger dream?
If you’re reading this, chances are you have the same feelings and the same aspirations. Tell me your thoughts in the comments, and maybe we can help each other. What would you like to achieve, in which field? Is it the area of your expertise or an absolutely new sphere of interests?
Even though I ask these questions and sometimes do have glimpses of doubts, still I am convinced that dreaming big is wonderful. It gives us a sense of purpose in life and leads us through the obstacles. It inspires us and lights the way when everything seems dark and impossible.
Let’s dream big!
Do you remember feeling thirsty on a hot day? You had been walking around for hours and hadn’t had a chance to drink even one drop of water. Or maybe, you had been running or working in the sun. And then suddenly, somebody hands you a glass of fresh water! What are your feelings at that moment? You are taking this glass and it feels cold in your hands. When you start drinking, it seems to be the best water in the whole world. How can it be so tasty? It doesn’t feel enough and you make sure there’s not even one little drop of water left in a glass. You drink it all and you feel happy. Everything is right with the world!
We all know this feeling, and it’s not only connected with thirst and water. Sometimes a simple hug or a smile can give you that feeling of satisfaction and happiness. Sometimes, it’s an accomplishment or a long-awaited message from somebody. Maybe, you need a hot shower or a warm blanket? Or maybe, you should finally take off those shoes and walk barefoot for a bit. Remember when spring came and it finally got warm after a long winter? Remember when you saw the face of your baby for the first time?
What is your glass of fresh water? What gives you that feeling of contentment? Remember those moments, big and small. Enjoy and savor them, cherish and be grateful! Our life consists of moments of joy and moments of sadness. Lets focus more on those ones that make our life brighter and make this world a happy place!
Do you know the story of your ancestors? Have you ever wondered who your great grand parents had been? Today I found out that my one great grandfather had been a priest, and another one had established his own school for making clothes. That was so intriguing and fascinating to me that I decided to find more information, pictures and then create a little family history book.
Does the history of our family define us? I don’t really think so, but it can be very intersting if you dig deep enough. It can inspire and give you new ideas. It can explain some things or create new questions. In any case, it’s worth a try!
Knowing your history could help you create a better future.