Best 237 Quotes & Tweets on Creativity

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“Artists” calling for censorship don’t know what art is. “Scientists” citing consensus don’t know what science is. “Teachers” indoctrinating students don’t know what teaching is. “Journalists” parroting propaganda don’t know what reporting is. Programming us all day long.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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If the work doesn’t require creativity, delegate it, automate it, or leave it.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Highs that don’t lead to subsequent lows: • Meditation, gratitude, prayer, journaling, unconditional love. • Yoga, exercise, play, nature walks. • Creating art, reading for fun, singing, poetry. • Practicing a craft, pursuing curiosity, work done for its own sake, flow.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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If you create it for yourself, it’s art. If you create it for others, it’s business.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build... live the life that only you can live.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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You don’t have eight creative, problem-solving hours in the day - you have two. Spend your time wisely.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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If you want to live in the future, live in the freest place around. Because eventually, all of the innovators and creators will show up there.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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The 3 Levels of Employees: Level 1 — You do what you are asked to do. Level 2 — Level 1 + You think ahead and solve problems before they happen. Level 3 — Level 2 + You proactively look for areas of opportunity and growth in the business, and figure out how to tap into them.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

9

Creativity starts with an empty calendar and ends with a full one.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

10

It's a hundred times easier to criticize than create.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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For knowledge work, time spent has little to do with value created and the forty hour workweek is anachronistic nonsense.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Engineers are leveraged creatives who generate repeatable solutions to practical problems. Engineering automation increases leverage, productivity, and the scope of problems that engineers can tackle. Until we become Gods, society has unlimited demand for creative engineers.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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The world is full of millions of winner-take-all games. You can become good, but not great, at anything via books, teachers, and mentors. It takes natural talent and obsession. Create, play, and win the game of you.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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In an older society with few resources and mechanical work, the scheduled life is the most productive. In a modern society with permissionless leverage and creative work, the unscheduled life is the most productive.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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The most powerful permissionless tools are the spoken word, the written word, mathematics, and the computer. An irresistible stack of leverage for the ambitious creative.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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The best jobs are neither decreed nor degreed. They are creative expressions of continuous learners in free markets.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Don’t write to sound smart. Write to be useful. If you’re useful over a long time period, you will end up looking smart anyway.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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On the internet, they say: 1% create 9% contribute 90% consume All it takes is to start contributing and you'll have a 10x advantage over everyone else. Create and it'll be 90x.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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How to see opportunities others miss: 1) Study a totally different field, then return to the original problem. Apply insights from other domains. 2) Invert the problem. Try to achieve the opposite. 3) Find ways to engage with hyper-creative people. Their thinking will rub off.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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We are living in the golden age of art, and it’s only going to get better. But we are desensitized by familiarity and overwhelmed by choice.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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In SF I learned: the best VCs don’t really know what’s going to take off. In LA I learned: the best producers don’t really know what’s going to be a hit. Don’t chase success. Create what you think should exist. No one knows until everyone knows–and by then it’s too late.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Create things you wish people created for you.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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The Internet replaces mid-sized businesses with network-effect based monopolies, each hosting a long tail of creators. We’ll end up with one town hall, one social network, one video host, one music label, one taxi dispatcher, one big-box retailer. Antitrust law is obsolete.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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It’s increasingly clear that the wealth and power of any given nation state will be proportional to its ability to create and utilize new technology.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Boredom is a filter. Common ideas come before it. Uncommon ideas come after it. Sit with a project long enough to get bored with it, then sit a little more. The most useful insights bubble up after you get bored.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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For years, I would force myself to write at least 25 possible titles for each article. Almost without fail, the best ideas came later in the list. The lesson: Don’t stop early. Ideas that are easy to think of are obvious. The good ideas come after the obvious ones are gone.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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How to unlock creativity: -slow down -study another field -get into nature -get out of office -music, lots -sketch -cardio before/after -nibble on small ideas -throw stuff away -atomize the work -look for orthogonal inspiration -breathe -learn about circadian rhythm -paint

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

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Things you can improve: - Your attitude - Memory - Discipline - Creativity - Time management - Stamina - Writing ability - Charisma - Happiness Things you can’t: - The past

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Innovators are T-shaped. They are experts in a narrow field. But they also have a big intellectual toolbox, which offers new entry points and lines of attack for solving problems. Read widely. As the saying goes, "Know something about everything and everything about something."

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Creative ideas happen when you stop thinking about what others will think.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

31

Good artists perform; great artists play.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Creativity arises behind the conscious mind.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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One form of innovation is originality. Another form is synthesis. People often focus so much on being original that they overlook the value of synthesizing ideas from different sources. There's a lot of value in connecting previously unconnected ideas.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The best work resists compression. The best explanations are short, but potent. The best software delivers the same outcome in fewer clicks. The best manufacturing processes create products in less time and with less waste. The shape of genius is simplicity.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Giving your best effort does not mean simply working harder at what you were already doing. It can mean that, but it often means searching harder for a better way to do things. Giving your best effort involves execution and strategy.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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One can optimize for productivity or one can optimize for creativity, but it’s hard to do both.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Creativity boosters: • Taking a walk • Reading a book • Getting some sun • Eating healthy food • Welcoming boredom • Strenuous exercising • Exploring a new place • Trying a new experience • Getting a good night sleep • Interacting with creative people

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

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How to make a really good painting: make a few hundred really bad paintings. How to write a really good article: write a few dozen really bad articles. How to succeed: fail a lot.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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As a general rule: Broad ideas influence more people. Specific ideas influence people more.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Perhaps this time is different, automation will permanently destroy jobs, & humanity is incapable of relearning & doing creative work. Perhaps it’s time to drop the tyranny of low expections, & new tools will liberate individuals from a lifetime of drudgery, as they always have.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Social media turns ideas into a popularity contest. Real creativity dissents from the status quo. Social media may slow the progress of the species.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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If you can't find what you're looking for, maybe you should create it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Theory: Creative thoughts often arise during “mindless” tasks like showering or walking because the low level activity occupies the mind enough to prevent rumination. Your imagination is unlocked.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Project stuck? Throwing more time, money, and people at it is like struggling in quicksand - you only get more stuck. Instead, scale it back, slice it up, siphon resources away from it on a specific date. Limits, not unlimited, helps things finish up.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

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Involve groups in the creative process and you inevitably end up with a pile of pleasing, socially-acceptable lies. Contrast blockbuster movies with the great books.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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When you copy best practices, you also copy unseen errors.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The paradox of creativity: Your work is done when it looks so simple that the consumer thinks they could've done it, which means they won't appreciate how hard you worked

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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The art of respectful disagreement is a lost art

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

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In the future we’ll pay teachers, practitioners, and artists directly to learn, gain credibility, and build a network, instead of universities.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Conversation is usually a first draft of your thoughts. If true, we should be more gracious with people in conversation. In writing, we actively encourage people to ignore quality and explore ideas in the first draft. In conversation, if people make one misstep, we blast them.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear