Stimulating creativity starts with taking a different perspective

Taking the next step is not always easy. However, it’s effortless when you are willing to take chances, have a vision, and possibly a story to tell. The following quotes are how others get things done:

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.

— Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, MovieMaker Magazine #53 – Winter, January 22, 2004

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.

— Jalaluddin Rumi, The Essential Rumi

Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

— Walt Disney Company

You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.

— Albert Einstein

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

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