Inventive: John Cleese on creativity

Creative John Cleese

A little off topic, I know, but please indulge me. I came across the clip below of John Cleese talking about creativity and wanted to share it with you.

If you’ve ever stared at a blank Word document for what felt like hours, desperate to come up with those few lines of winning copy or that killer article for your website, you’ll relate to these 10 minutes of wisdom from Cleese.

His premise is simple enough: we’re all so busy nowadays that we don’t have time to have many creative ideas. We must slow down our minds to see the connections, he says.

In a world that is always online and always connected, you need to consider logging off occasionally, removing the distractions. As Cleese says, “We don’t know where we get our ideas from. We do know that we do not get them from our laptops.”

So, give it a try, close that laptop. Go create your “boundaries of space and boundaries of time.” Well, after you’ve watched the video of course. Me? I’ve got a quick email to write…


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