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PEAK…Anders Ericsson (part 2)

    Much of DELIBERATE PRACTICE involves developing ever more efficient MENTAL REPRESENTATIONS that you can use in whatever activity you are practicing. A MENTAL REPRESENTATION is a mental structure that corresponds to a collection of information, or anything else that the brain is thinking about. A simple example is […]

PEAK – Anders Ericsson (Part One)

    We can create our own potential. The brain is adaptable, and training can create skills. DELIBERATE PRACTICE remains the gold standard for anyone in any field who wishes to take advantage of the gift of adaptability in order to build new skills and abilities. We have far more […]

WHY DO WE MAKE A FRAGRANCE?

    We forgot WHY we are making fragrances. Years ago we sold dreams, emotions and experiences, today we sell fragrances to make money. We should be making fragrances to communicate to the soul of the individual, as we did in the past. Making money can and should be the […]

CREATIVE INSPIRATION

    All work creative or not is based on the help from others. They may be colleagues, mentors, teachers or casual observation of work from others that contributed to your work today. T.S. Eliot said, ”Immature poets imitate, mature poets steal.” Bob Dylan described his creative process as one […]

WHAT IS INSPIRATION? David Brooks

    Anders Ericsson has reminded us of the value of hard work. The psychologist did the research that led to the so-called 10,000-hour rule (deliberate practice). He downplays the importance of native-born genius, such as people as Mozart. He emphasizes the importance of deliberate practice—painstaking exercises to perfect some […]

ELEGANCE…May

    In the pursuit of elegance Mathew May has said, “how elegant if we can improve our thought process by learning how to stop thinking.” Elegance is acquired by leaving out the right things. Humans are natural born adders, that is why elegance being subtractive is elusive. Our addiction […]

THE WELL

  The theme is the need to replenish yourself and others. If the well is not taken care of it can dry up and be of no use to others. To replenish others you must support them and give them room to flourish. Be of help to others. Create an […]

THE RISE…Sarah Lewis

THE RISE —-Creativity, the gift of failure and the search for mastery-     Sarah Lewis   Mastery requires endurance.  Mastery is also not the same as success.  Mastery is not merely a commitment to a goal, but to a curved line, a constant pursuit. Thomas Edison said “I have not failed. […]

CREATIVITY and STATUS QUO

  (wired to create—Kaufman & Gregoire)   Creative minds challenge the status quo—and often, in this endeavor, we’re met with resistance and adversity. Frequently their work was labeled a failure. Bruno (astronomer 1700’s) said: “truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the […]

PERSPECTIVE (Mindwise)

  Imitating another person’s actions to experience the other person’s emotions is a critical link for understanding the mind’s of others. Sharing attention. Not engaging close and personal with another renders us less socially intelligent. To understand others one must get over themselves— your own experiences, beliefs, attitudes, emotions, knowledge […]