David Bohm (1917-1992) was a renowned physicist and theorist who was one of the most original thinkers of the twentieth century. On Creativity, a collection of his essays, is one book that I find myself frequently referencing in my work. This quote caught my attention recently:

But, after all, for thousands of years people have been led to believe that anything and everything can be obtained if only one has the right techniques and methods. What is needed is to be aware of the ease with which the mind slips comfortably back into this age-old pattern. Certain kinds of things can be achieved by techniques and formulae, but originality and creativity are not among these. The act of seeing this deeply (and not merely verbally or intellectually) is also the act in which originality and creativity can be born.

— David Bohm, On Creativity

Developing new ways of thinking require people to step outside of their preconceived notions about how things should be. 

Real creativity is derived from deep seeing. It transcends the standards and processes that define most people’s personal and business lives. Time and patience are required to uncover true meaning.

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