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Episode 96 Summary:
In Episode #96, Ari speaks with Michael Gelb, “the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking” and author of the international best-seller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day. As the podcast unfolds, Ari and Michael wade into the strategy of creative thinking, the vital importance of energy and the fallacy that creative genius cannot be cultivated.
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Time Stamped Show Notes:
20:48 – Introduction to Michael Gelb 21:18 – Michael explains what his goals are, particularly with regard to creativity 22:18 – The strategic importance of creativity 23:58 – Are some people born with creativity while others are not? 24:18 – School “de-geniuses” people 25:12 – Neuroplasticity is mentioned 25:28 – Neurogenesis is mentioned 25:51 – How does one develop their creative ability? 26:28 – Recognize creativity is a skill everyone can develop 27:50 – The importance of energy as it relates to creativity 28:33 – Without the right energy, coercing creative development is impossible 29:16 – Is there a way to measure the baseline for creative energy? 30:46 – Ari inquires about the 20 minute practice for improving mental well-being and Michael delivers an in-depth response 35:40 – “Writer’s block is just a matter of ignorance…it’s ignorance of the creative process” 37:58 – Disruption of the “brain groove” is a great way to facilitate creativity…get out of habitual modality 39:24 – Why do people get in a groove? Why do people get stuck? 41:30 – What kind of habits can people put into place to facilitate creativity 42:20 – Michael explains how he stays energetically focused 44:04– The non-work stuff is what makes work better 44:44 – Work hard, play hard is an outdated notion…play sweetly and work joyfully every day 45:30 – Investing in yourself is the best thing 47:43 – The Protestant-Puritan work ethic needs to evolve 48:50 – What are your top 3 personal tips to help people be more effective? 49:05 – Mastering creative energy 49:09 – Mastering the creative mindset 49:12– Mastering the creative process 50:15 – MichaelGelb.com 7 Key Points:
Creativity is not simply a gift of birth, it lies within everyone Creativity is impossible to harness without the appropriate level of energy Writer’s Block (creative stagnation) is ignorance of the creative process The non-work stuff makes work better, not the other way around Self-Investment, particularly long-term self-investment is a wonderful thing The Protestant-Puritan work ethic is outdated and needs to evolve To be more effective: Master creative energy Master the creative mindset Master the creative process Resources Mentioned:
Michael Gelb – The podcast’s guest and a leading thinker on the application of creative genius How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day – Michael Gelb’s most well-known book Neuroplasticity – A term used to reference the ability of neural pathways to reinvent themselves due to environmental changes Neurogenesis – The process by which neurons are generated SamsaraFitness – Treadmill powered by the runner, requiring no electricity YouAreNotSoSmart – The post-hoc fallacy BlueBottle Travel Kit – The ultimate travel kit for any coffee lover Very Good and Very Bad News in the Vaccine Wars – An Op-Ed in TIME magazine discussing vaccinations