The Spark and the Grind: Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity

The Spark and the Grind Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity We ve been conditioned to think about creative genius as a dichotomy dreamers versus doers creativity versus discipline the spark versus the grind But what if we re wrong What if it s the spark and

  • Title: The Spark and the Grind: Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity
  • Author: Erik Wahl
  • ISBN: 9780399564208
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We ve been conditioned to think about creative genius as a dichotomy dreamers versus doers, creativity versus discipline, the spark versus the grind But what if we re wrong What if it s the spark and the grind We love people whose creative genius arrives in sudden sparks of inspiration Think of Archimedes in his bathtub or Newton under his apple tree But we alsoWe ve been conditioned to think about creative genius as a dichotomy dreamers versus doers, creativity versus discipline, the spark versus the grind But what if we re wrong What if it s the spark and the grind We love people whose creative genius arrives in sudden sparks of inspiration Think of Archimedes in his bathtub or Newton under his apple tree But we also admire people who work incredibly hard and long for their creative breakthroughs Think of Edison in his lab, grinding through hundreds of failed variations on the lightbulb We remember his words in tough times Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration Now Erik Wahl, a visual artist, speaker, and entre preneur, helps us unite the yin and yang of creativity the dynamic new ideas with the dogged effort He shows why we won t get far if we rely on the spark without the grind, or the grind without the spark What the world really needs are the creators who can hold the two in balance Fortunately, it s possible to get good at both, as Wahl knows from experience After his corporate career sud denly ended, he pursued a spark to paint photorealistic portraits and ground it out until he got good enough to make very good art very quickly That s the basis of his riveting live shows, which have captivated skeptical audiences who never expected to be inspired by art and taught them to embrace creativity in a whole new way This book offers surprising insights and practical advice about how to fan the sparks and make the grind productive Wahl deftly synthesizes the wisdom of other artists, philosophers, scientists, and business visionaries throughout history, along with his own views Here s how he sums up his approach The world needs people who enjoy swimming in ideas until they discover a great one The world also needs doers who have a gift for activation, a.k.a getting s done But the most potent individual creators in any industry or environment have learned how to be both They ve learned how to spark their grind and they ve learned how to grind their sparks As a result, they not only make things happen, they make great things If you want to ensure constant creativity in your life and produce your most innovative work this is your guide.

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    1. this is the best book I've read so far this year. Former corporate employee turned entrepreneurial speed painter Erik Wahl demonstrates how to walk the line between being a grinder (working really hard) and continually generating sparks (creative new ideas). It's a fascinating and profound examination of the importance of schedule and routine, as well as spontaneity and artistry, and the paramount importance of both. I feel like this book completely changed how I view my work and my creative end [...]

    2. I'm a sucker for books on creativity, and this one's pretty good --telling us we both need to experience inspiration and "grind" -- the work. Wahl is right -- both are essential. And his list of ideas is a good one: trust the process, attach yourself to the work, keep your day job, embrace a routine, defamiliarize the ordinary, stay foolish, and fall in love. One or two of these will probably be new to most readers, and that's enough to make the book worth reading. But my favorite advice came fr [...]

    3. One of the very FIRST books I'd read if you're starting a new chapter in your life. Wahl gives a great deal of information backing up the various themes of each chapter, much like I do in my writing. His thoughts are similar to mine, that there are two competing thoughts that we must hold in our heads, i.e. the two sides of the same coin, in order to keep growing: Intellect and intuition. Highly recommend this book for anyone starting their new adventure in life.

    4. There was a lot of references and "name dropping" in this book that sorta drove me insane. I liked what Wahl had to say about the connection between hard work and following those threads of inspiration, though. All around a good book for anyone trying to kick-start their creativity.

    5. A bit repetitive, but overall it has a few key points that are very well founded and interesting. The book was much better than I expected overall and it was really neat to read a book by a creator that words and manuscripts are not their preferred medium.

    6. A book for people who don't understand the creative process and need to learn the art of balancing hard work with generating ideas. Lots of illustrative stories and ideas for learning how to navigate the creative process. Nothing new for those of us who have been creatives for a long time and are motivated enough to work hard to manifest our craziest ideas. But if your ideas lack originality, or you're a dreamer and not a doer, it's worth a read.

    7. This book is a great primer and proof you can be a structured and programmatic thinker and still be highly creative. This book will be a top 20 for me for years to come.

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