Inspiration and Motivation

CREATIVITY – Enjoy!

These are the times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised, and animated by scenes that engage the heart, then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman.

~   Abigail Adams
October, 1779 in a letter to John Quincy Adams as he departed Massachusetts for France with his father John Adams, for the second time.


We can succeed only by concert. It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?”

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

 ~ Abraham Lincoln
Annual Message to Congress –
Concluding Remarks, Washington, D.C.    December 1, 1862


“You have to find a way of working that makes it dead easy to take full advantage of your inspired moments. They never hit at a convenient time, nor do they last long.”  ~ Hugh Macleod


“The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”  ~ Marcel Proust


“If you’re creative, if you can think independently, if you can articulate passion, if you can override the fear of being wrong, then your company needs you now more than it ever did. And now your company can no longer afford to pretend that isn’t the case.”  ~ Hugh Macleod


“Innovation is the specific tool of entrepreneurs, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different business or a different service. It is capable of being presented as a discipline, capable of being learned, capable of being practiced. Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation, the changes and their symptoms that indicate opportunities for successful innovation. And they need to know and to apply the principles of successful innovation.” ~ Peter Drucker


“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions”  ~ Albert Einstein


“I roamed the countryside searching for the answers to things I did not understand. Why shells existed on the tops of mountains along with the imprints of coral and plant and seaweed usually found in the sea. Why the thunder lasts a longer time than that which causes it and why immediately on its creation the lightening becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other strange phenomena engaged my thought throughout my life.”  ~ Leonardo da Vinci


“Slaying sacred cows makes great steaks.”  ~ Dick Nicolose


“In the modern world of business it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it is presented to them by a good salesman.”  ~ David M. Ogilvy


“Innovation is fostered by information gathered from new connections; from insights gained by journeys into other disciplines or places; from active, collegial networks and fluid, open boundaries. Innovation arises from ongoing circles of exchange, where information is not just accumulated or stored, but created. Knowledge is generated anew from connections that weren’t there before.”  ~ Margaret J. Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science


“When you are completely absorbed or caught up in something, you become oblivious to things around you, or to the passage of time. It is this absorption in what you are doing that frees your unconscious and releases your creative imagination.”  ~ Dr. Rollo May


“A person might be able to play without being creative, but he sure can’t be creative without playing.”  ~ Kurt Hanks and Jay Parry


“The achievement of excellence can occur only if the organization promotes a culture of creative dissatisfaction.”  ~ Lawrence Miller


“Replace either/or thinking with plus thinking.”  ~ Craig Hickman


“In 1913, the first assembly line was implemented at Ford Motor Company. The process grew like a vine and eventually spread to all phases of the manufacture of Ford cars, and then through the entire world of heavy industry. There can be no doubt that a powerful revolution occurred at Highland Park – but it was not the assembly line itself that provided the power. Rather, it was the creation of an atmosphere in which improvement was the real product: a better, cheaper, Model T followed naturally. Every man on the payroll was invited to contribute ideas, and the good ones were implemented without delay.”  ~ Douglas Brinkley  Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and A Century of Progress


“Observe what is with undivided awareness.”  ~ Bruce Lee


“History can’t give attention to what’s been lost, hidden, or deliberately buried; it is mostly a telling of success, not the partial failures that enabled success.”  ~ Scott Berkun


“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  ~ Albert Einstein   On Science


“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” ~ Erich Fromm


“It’s the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you’re mad, then dangerous, then there’s a pause and then you can’t find anyone who disagrees with you.”  ~ Tony Benn, British politician, in the Observer


“The world is but a canvas to our imaginations.” ~ Henry David Thoreau


“Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.”  ~ George Lois


“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”  ~ Sir Ken Robinson


“The joy is in creating, not maintaining.”  ~ Vince Lombardi


“Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said could not be done.”  ~ Sam Ewing


“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep”   ~ Scott Adams


“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Sometimes creativity is a compulsion, not an ambition.”  ~ Ed Norton

“To live creatively is a choice. You must make a commitment to your own mind and the possibility that you will not be accepted. You have to let go of satisfying people.”  ~ Jessica Olien