Pick a Fight

In her book The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp gives several creative exercises.

Creative Exercise #16 is Pick a Fight

Tharp states that “Creativity is an act of defiance.”

What are you defying? Are you willing to defy your usual route to the office and see what the new scenery inspires?

Would you defy your typical lunch selection in order to experience a totally new set of taste sensations?

Dare you to defy your evening routine and pick up a book, rather than watching TV tonight… what ideas may come from that?

“Every act of creation is also an act of destruction or abandonment. Something has to be cast aside to make way for the new” says Tharp.

If you never destroy/abandon/change, then where is the vacuum creativity can fill in your life?

Dustin Staiger is a business consultant and speaker in Houston, TX. He addresses team and individual effectiveness, communications, creativity and branding for global corporations as well as non-profits and start-ups.

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  1. Great to see you quote Tharp; one of my favorite books on creativity.

    Quick observation on new look: really like the it, but…the deep purple box makes the black text disappear. All the other boxes/text seem legible to me.

    Hope all is well. We need to catch up one of these days.

    Keep creating…and destroying,
    Mike