It’s no secret that inspiration has a will of its own.
It always seems to hit us at the most awkward possible time, often right when we’re in the middle of something. We must be willing to surrender to inspiration when it comes calling. That might mean dropping what we’re doing and changing plans at the last minute.
Art isn’t just painting pictures or composing music. It’s any activity that you pursue creatively with the aim of producing something new in the world. Maybe it’s a revolutionary customer service system, or a new form of abstract painting.
Fad is a wave in the ocean, while a trend is the tide
A fad gets a lot of hype, and a trend gets very little. Like a wave, a fad is very visible, but it goes up and down in a big hurry. Like the tide, a trend is almost invisible, but it’s very powerful over the long term. A fad is a short-term phenomenon that might be profitable, but a fad doesn’t last long enough to do a company much good.
All other things being equal, it’s better to be happy than not
Despite our romantic images of suffering geniuses who have enriched our civilization, creative by day and tormented by night, there is a growing body of evidence that people think more creatively and expansively when they’re happy than when they’re not.