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Read the full detailed article by Michael Michalko, Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

  1. You are creative
  2. Creative thinking is work
  3. You must go through the motions of being creative
  4. Your brain is not a computer
  5. There is no one right answer
  6. Never stop with your first good idea
  7. Expect the experts to be negative
  8. Trust your instincts
  9. There is no such thing as failure
  10. You do not see things as they are; you see them as you are
  11. Always approach a problem on its own terms
  12. Learn to think unconventionally

Creativity is paradoxical. To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge, must see unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder, must work hard but spend time doing nothing as information incubates, must create many ideas yet most of them are useless, must look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different, must desire success but embrace failure, must be persistent but not stubborn, and must listen to experts but know how to disregard them.


Creative inspirations are often reported to emerge spontaneously, especially when we are not distracted or focusing on the problem at hand. Knowing how to generate these “insight moments” are an important component of creativity for better problem solving and innovative solutions.

It is known as the ‘eureka’ or ‘aha’ moment. Many ‘eureka’ moments are emerged at the unlikeliest of places, whether it be in the bathtub (for Archimedes the mathematician), or at a strip club (Richard Feynman was known to scribble equations there). It can be said that “Creativity is the residue of time wasted”.

A relaxed and positive mood enhances the brain activity required for the ‘aha’ moment to take place in our brain. Pleasure can play a big part in this process as it can enhance positive mood.

Evolution has developed areas in our brain with the purpose of providing us with a pleasurable sensation, what neuroscientists call the “reward circuit”. It is the Nucleus Accumbens, part of this circuit which provides the motivation and passion to what we want to do.

This chemical is called Dopamine (also known as the chemical of desire) is released when we enjoy or about to enjoy something. So we feel good!  It can be seen as a direct correlation between how pleasure affects our creative brain; that is, when we are happy and we feel good, our brains are more open and relaxed, which will in turn allow us to think more clearly and perhaps get that moment of insight.

As Daniel Pink states

“The future belongs to…creators and empathisers, pattern recognisers and meaning-makers. These people… will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.”

Everyone has the capacity to be creative!


Check out the BrainArt Project, to spread the word about “Life Pleasures & the Brain” through various artistic forms, the project is about awaking, learning and balancing this aspect of our lives. Nurturing creativity through exploring our pleasures.

An interesting article on Eureka Moments by Silvis Damiano

A lovely Infographic by PaintersofLouisville.com, an exploration of the truth behind colours, and how we subconsciously react to them.

Australian artists earn less than the general population and yet the number of artists does not fall.

Ever wonder about how many artists there are in Australia? What is the biggest group of artists? How much do artists earn? What challenges do Australian artists face?

Watch the insightful video below to get your answers!

Presented by the Australia Council for the Arts:


Persistence and passion are key to a successful artistic career!




Loving this Infographic, an extremely informative, handy and inspirational resource!

Simon Crean (Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, and the Arts) was interviewed on ABC National Radio Breakfast on 16th May 2012 about the National Cultural Policy before it was released and comments on the importance of the Arts, here are the main points I’ve gathered from the interview:

We’ve got to look afresh of how we reinforce our creative talents, our innovative talents. …It’s the arts that are a very important underpin for creativity and innovation.

It is a vast employment sector, the arts and creative industries is a faster growing sector than a manufacturing sector in terms of employment opportunities. It’s not just the people who perform, it’s the people behind the stage, the lighting the costume, the design, the marketing, all that goes with it…..

Why do we need a Cultural Policy anyway? Some might think that at the moment if the Government puts it’s dead hand into the culture, the worst will be for it so we should let these things grow organically and let the culture live off it’s own merits.

It doesn’t grow organically, it’s there but it’s got to be nurtured, it’s got to be promoted, it’s got to be challenged. We are home to the oldest living culture on earth and we’re welcomed the greatest diversity of cultures, that’s what makes Australia unique and some of Australia’s most exciting art forms, new art forms and expressions of ourselves, in our words, our stories are coming from that depth of culture.

I might also say that investment by government in the arts and creative industries produces a social dividend because it underpins our values inclusions of understanding and respect, and teamwork, all of those good things that are a part of the Australian ethos but there’s also an economic dividend because a more creative nation is also a more production nation. It drives innovation, it drives productivity and those are good things. Those are good things. That’s why government have to invest in the arts to reinforce that strength of culture that recognition of the indigenous role in our cultural expression but to also understand the biggest spinoffs.

With changes to Arts Funding, is there going to be more money?

Well, interestingly, despite the difficulties in this budget there wasn’t more money in this budget for the arts, there was a significant injection (and there was in last years budget too, the creative fellowships which we announced the first of yesterday were in last year’s budget), so we have put more money in… of course there are calls for more money and that’s difficult in the current circumstances…

But also where we’ve evolved too is more of a recognition by the private sector, the corporate and the philanthropists have the importance of investing in the arts, we’ve got to leverage their contributions. As well, we’ve got to try get better cooperation with the state governments but also local governments are investing heavily on the arts now because they understand it’s important in the regions in particular to liveability. So what’s happening now, it’s not just a question of commonwealth money here, it’s how we use additional money to leverage more investment in the arts and culture.

What are your thoughts on Simon Crean’s opinions? Do you agree or disagree with him?

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