July 31, 2016

What Is The Creative Process and Success?

One of my colleagues at work had this hanging on his wall. 

It caught my eye and I thought it was worth sharing.

The creative process (ah, not my style of working, however--I am too much of a planner and worrier): 

1) Work Begins - It starts with, "I have a bright idea" or a "go do" from some other genius. 

2) F*ck Off - Then comes some procrastination and maybe thought process about what you are going to do, but in the meantime, everyone leave me alone to percolate and brew. 

3) Panic - Of sh*t, time is running out, and where the h*ck am I on this project, better get my a*s in gear. 

4) All the work while crying - Hurry, hurry, hurry and get it done. Wa, I feel like such a crybaby and wreck, but I'm going to finish it, I am. 

5) Deadline - Made it by a hair...uh, the whole thing was easy, for me, as pie!

Another thing that I heard this week is that "success is failing to fail."  

Think about that a minute.  ;-)

(Source Photo: here with attribution to Toothpaste for Dinner)

1 comment:

Pete said...

Very interesting... My take on this is that the f**king off part looks different depending on where you sit... It probably looks that way to a manager; it probably feels that way to those involved; but I have come around to the realization that there's inherent ambiguity in the creative process that involves thinking through possibilities that doesn't seem immediately productive because it's nonlinear. The reward for going through this 'unproductive' turmoil is only realized at the end of the process... It's not necessarily what it seems.