Every week I like to collect a bunch of articles on creativity, culture, and tech. Below are my 7 favorites.
1. Team Genius
Behind every genius there’s another partner. People are social animals; they need other people to bounce off ideas and to collaborate with. One could say that the mind engages in its own internal dialogue but a second person is actually needed to get all that work done.
Steve Jobs needed Steve Wozniak. Michael Jordan needed Scottie Pippen. Genius comes in pairs. I like to think that today’s genius can be defined as a ‘scenius,’ where one person can be influenced by many people because of the strong interconnectedness built by the Internet.
People say sadness is the root of creativity. But as Maria Popova explains happiness or rather “emotional excess” are also powerful contributors to creative work. In short, you don’t need a mental disorder to think differently.
3. Write It Down
The list is only way to keep the motor of life running. The list makes history and assigns new duties. The list is how we remember. “We like lists because we don’t want to die.” Umberto Eco breaks down the everlasting process of making lists.
Why waste your time painting when all you need to do is point and shoot? Photography is quicker and easier than painting. There will always be more photographers than painters. But photorealism showed just how replicable photos were and put photography back in its place. Now, painters get the last word.
5. Draw Something
Doodling helps you remember more than rote note-taking. The act of drawing what you learn in pictures is essentially mapping out how it all works together. Personally, I understand the bigger picture when I use mind-maps and understand less when I type note-for-note. **Learning requires reinterpretation**.
6. Faking Confidence
There’s a big difference between competence and confidence. Someone who talks a lot is not necessarily competent. A big mouth rarely equates to skills. All we really just want to know how competent someone is.
As this HBR Podcast explains, confidence is really a distractor.
+ Fast Company:. Don’t let the person with a big mouth taint the meeting with their biased ideas. The most effective meetings require everyone to write down their own ideas first.
7. Utopian Capitalism
Capitalism creates opportunities yet distorts the world. Businesses confuse profits with meaningful work. We can all point the finger at companies that make people unhealthier and dumber.
Utopian capitalism puts forth societal progress with profits instead of cheating workers and consumers in a race to the bottom.