Newsletter: Want to be more creative? Go for a walk.

Robert Doisneau, ‘Pony des Arts‘ (1953)

Below are this week’s interesting links and recent discoveries for your weekend reading.

Want to be more creative? Go for a walk. The chair-based lifestyle is not only killing us, but it’s also stifling good ideas. If you ever get stuck in a creative rut, science shows that you should go for a stroll to get your endorphins moving. As learning scientist Marily Oppezzo notes in her TED presentation below, walking generates twice the ideas. Even if you walk and then sit, your mind will continue to generate novelty.

TEDxLondonBusinessSchool: A future imperfect: why globalisation went wrong. The myth that no two countries with McDonald’s refuse to fight each other appears to be just that. Realism is back, manifesting itself through the whims of protectionism. So, are we doomed to conflict? Not necessarily. It is in these moments that pessimism and inventiveness coexist.

The emotional journey of creating anything great. The key to achieving anything is not necessarily maintaining that excitement but pushing through all the CRAP (criticism, rejection, assholes, and pressure) and maintaining a beginner’s mindset.

Book I’m reading

The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu“Malcolm Gladwell summed it up this way: “Sesame Street was built around a single, breakthrough insight: that if you can hold the attention of children, you can educate them.”

Video I’m watching

Emotions ebb and flow like the notes and bars in a classical music rollercoaster.

We can visualize the sine wave of any chorus. Music imitates the whimsical nature of life. It gives us an inkling of how the world works.

Thought of the week

“It is somewhat ridiculous to suppose that the invention of a motor car can render horses less necessary to man”

— Saddlery and Harness Magazine, 1895

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!
Wells Baum (@bombtune)

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16 thoughts on “Newsletter: Want to be more creative? Go for a walk.

  1. I started doing this last week and it really works. Nothing as doing a small break during our work time to go for a walk, even if it’s a small one. Thanks for writing such a good article.

  2. I work from home behind a computer all day, and I can attest this is great advice! Early afternoon, I leash up my dog and head out for a 20 to 30 minute walk, it’s always so refreshing!

  3. This article is so interesting to me because I usually go for walks or jogs when I’m so stressed I’m about to lose my mind!! It always helps clear out the cobwebs somehow, so I can totally see how it can boost creativity! I especially like listening to business-related podcasts that are inspirational, so the two benefits hand in hand should work great! Now to figure out how to capture those creative thoughts in the middle of the walks….. 🙂

    1. Walking while listening to podcasts…love it! I use the phone’s voice recorder or occasionally dictate if there’s an idea/note I don’t want to forget. Either way, the good stuff sticks.

    1. “What artists do is learn to see.” – Ed Catmull, Pixar

      I think walking opens up the eyes. I too get most of my blogging prompts by walking. Thanks for chiming in Erika!

  4. I swear by the power of an evening walk to clear the mind and allow for new thoughts and ideas to come up. It’s relaxing as well as reviving! thanks for sharing

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