Picasso, Kepler, and the Benefits of Being an Expert Generalist


 

by Art Markman
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Illustration: Oscar Ramos Orozco

One thing that separates the great innovators from everyone else is that they seem to know a lot about a wide variety of topics. They are expert generalists. Their wide knowledge base supports their creativity.

As it turns out, there are two personality traits that are key for expert generalists: Openness to Experience and Need for Cognition.

Openness to Experience is one of the Big Five personality characteristics identified by psychologists. The Big Five are the characteristics that reflect the biggest differences between people in the way they act. Openness to Experience is the degree to which a person is willing to consider new ideas and opportunities. Some people enjoy the prospect of doing something new and thinking about new things. Other people prefer to stick with familiar ideas and activities.

As you might expect, high levels of Openness to Experience can sometimes be related to creativity. After all, being creative requires doing something that has not been done before. If you are not willing to do something new, then it’s hard to be creative.

However, creativity also requires knowledge. In order to do something that has not been done before in some area, you have to know a lot about that discipline. Creative painters need to know a lot about art and painting. Creative scientists need to be skilled in their science.

If you are not willing to do something new, then it’s hard to be creative.
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Five Manifestos for the Creative Life


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How a numbered list can start a personal revolution.

Some days everyone needs a little extra encouragement. The words or lines or colors don’t want to come, or worse, we don’t even want to sit down to create. That’s when we turn to these inspiring manifestos, any one of which is guaranteed to give our uncooperative creativity a sharp kick in the pants. Here are five of our favorite contemporary manifestos that nudge ideas out of your head and into the hands of the world.

RIGHT BRAIN TERRAIN

We’ve long been fans of the amazing work of Frederick Terral, the creative visionary behind design studio Right Brain Terrain. His “Alternative Motivational Posters” have in fact adorned our walls and desktop wallpapers for some time. But the love affair really began at the words behind his whole operation:

You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don’t have to be. Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you’re still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself.”

We can’t imagine more sound advice. And charming, too: Terral’s manifestoappears online in its original form as scanned notebook pages, complete with sketches. Happily you can support all things Right Brain Terrain, and surround yourself with life-affirming statements, by purchasing limited edition prints from the studio’s gorgeous selection online. Leer más “Five Manifestos for the Creative Life”

De la creatividad a la innovación: ¿cómo avanzar desde ideas originales a proyectos rentables?

La innovación es una actividad de alto riesgo. Entre el 80 y el 95% de los nuevos productos fracasan en el mercado. Aquí, un método estructurado que va desde la generación de ideas originales hasta el lanzamiento en un contexto de riesgo controlado…

Por Ari Sabbagh y Federico Ast

Emprendedores y directivos saben que, para sobrevivir, deben ofrecer novedades a los clientes. Pero la innovación es una actividad de alto riesgo. De acuerdo con la firma de investigaciones de mercado AcuPoll, entre el 80 y el 95% de los nuevos productos fracasan.

De esta forma, las organizaciones se encuentran ante un doble desafío. Por un lado, necesitan generar ideas creativas para subsistir. Por el otro, deben evitar que el proyecto fracase en la implementación.

En este artículo presentaremos un método de gestión de la innovación que permite generar las condiciones para la producción de ideas originales e implementarlas en un contexto de riesgo controlado.

El modelo es relevante tanto para equipos de innovación de grandes organizaciones como para emprendedores que pretenden lanzar un nuevo proyecto al mercado.


La innovación es una actividad de alto riesgo. Entre el 80 y el 95% de los nuevos productos fracasan en el mercado. Aquí, un método estructurado que va desde la generación de ideas originales hasta el lanzamiento en un contexto de riesgo controlado…

Por Ari Sabbagh y Federico Ast

Emprendedores y directivos saben que, para sobrevivir, deben ofrecer novedades a los clientes. Pero la innovación es una actividad de alto riesgo. De acuerdo con la firma de investigaciones de mercado AcuPoll, entre el 80 y el 95% de los nuevos productos fracasan.

De esta forma, las organizaciones se encuentran ante un doble desafío. Por un lado, necesitan generar ideas creativas para subsistir. Por el otro, deben evitar que el proyecto fracase en la implementación.

En este artículo presentaremos un método de gestión de la innovación que permite generar las condiciones para la producción de ideas originales e implementarlas en un contexto de riesgo controlado.

El modelo es relevante tanto para equipos de innovación de grandes organizaciones como para emprendedores que pretenden lanzar un nuevo proyecto al mercado. Leer más “De la creatividad a la innovación: ¿cómo avanzar desde ideas originales a proyectos rentables?”

5 Tips for Building Confidence

What do you do when you have to step way out of your comfort zone? We all have to do it from time to time whether we’re closing a big sale, interviewing for a new job, giving a speech or going to a networking event.

In challenging situations like these, building self-confidence can make all the difference in the world. Confidence can turn that feeling of dread into a bubbling sense of excitement. It can open new doors, shake up your expectations and help you to grow in ways you never thought possible. So what are the steps for building confidence? [Más…]

1. Fake it till you make it.

When you’re trying something new or difficult, there’s only so much you can know ahead of time. Sometimes you just have to get in there, make a few mistakes and learn something. That’s the only way you can gain real experience.

It definitely helps to let go of your pride. You might look silly and that’s okay. If someone else was in your shoes, they’d be struggling just like you. Don’t judge yourself too harshly.

Remember that most people are not born natural geniuses. There is always a learning curve involved even for highly talented, exceptional people like yourself. Pablo Picasso once said:

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

Even he admitted that you have to make it up as you go.

The good news is that confidence has a snowball effect. If you project confidence, people will take you more seriously and you’ll feel even more confident. You may have started out feeling a little bit like an imposter, but you’ll gain a sense of authority and knowledge as you go.
2. Remember — not everyone has to like you.

We’re conditioned to believe that the worst thing we could ever do is piss someone off. Many of us are so afraid of annoying someone or being misunderstood that we’d rather not try at all. We’d rather dig a hole in the backyard and bury all our dreams in it.

But successful entrepreneurs and business people know that not everyone will like them, and that’s okay. When you put yourself out there, you may rub someone the wrong way. They may not have time for you. They may not understand you. They may not like you all that much. That’s just the way it goes.

Don’t let the fear of not being liked stop you from realizing your true potential. How can you develop confidence if you’re constantly worrying about what other people think? Let go of the need to be liked 100 percent of the time. It’s not going to happen. So you might as well be yourself.


Sarah Nagel
http://workawesome.com/communication/building-confidence/

What do you do when you have to step way out of your comfort zone? We all have to do it from time to time whether we’re closing a big sale, interviewing for a new job, giving a speech or going to a networking event.

In challenging situations like these, building self-confidence can make all the difference in the world. Confidence can turn that feeling of dread into a bubbling sense of excitement. It can open new doors, shake up your expectations and help you to grow in ways you never thought possible. So what are the steps for building confidence? Leer más “5 Tips for Building Confidence”

75 Most Creative Free Social Media Icon Sets

We’re sharing hundreds of free social media icons for your website design needs, you can choose to download these all creative icons. we all know that social networks and social bookmarking are really important media for our websites or blogs, these can help to promote our business and news stories in world wide web.

Most of the icon-sets are really creative and professional designed to be universally used on every blog – but what if your blog is different, and in need of some social icons that are not only creative, unique and original also sharing different kind of icon sets. It’s also important that this feature isn’t over looked by web site visitors. So it’s always a good idea to use icons when linking to social media sites. They get peoples attention and the logos are immediately recognizable. Hope you like all listed beautiful icons, If I have missed any, leave send me the link via the comments.

Note: all listed icons are sharing as freebies, but you all respected visitors and readers may follow their owner terms and conditions of free license. Thanks

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Picasso: A Free Social Media Icon Set

Picasso is a social media icon pack that is unique. The icon set was inspired – and dedicated to – the wonderful work of Pablo Picasso. You will find many subtle details inspired by this great artist if you look close enough!


http://www.dzinepress.com/2010/08/75-most-creative-free-social-media-icon-sets/

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We’re sharing hundreds of free social media icons for your website design needs, you can choose to download these all creative icons. we all know that social networks and social bookmarking are really important media for our websites or blogs, these can help to promote our business and news stories in world wide web.

Most of the icon-sets are really creative and professional designed to be universally used on every blog – but what if your blog is different, and in need of some social icons that are not only creative, unique and original also sharing different kind of icon sets. It’s also important that this feature isn’t over looked by web site visitors. So it’s always a good idea to use icons when linking to social media sites. They get peoples attention and the logos are immediately recognizable.  Hope you like all listed beautiful icons, If I have missed any, leave send me the link via the comments.

Note: all listed icons are sharing as freebies, but you all respected visitors and readers may follow their owner terms and conditions of free license. Thanks

Leer más “75 Most Creative Free Social Media Icon Sets”

7 Personality Types of Designers Today


Design is a universal language. It transcends all cultural and national boundaries. It is diverse and ever-changing. Despite the fact that designs can be universally appreciated, the artists behind them are all unique and talented individuals.

What kind of designer are you? What is your philosophy? How do you contribute to the design community? Designers from different walks of life might have similar answers to these questions, and yet we are all different.

Some designers take it upon themselves to educate those who have not yet developed an appreciation for Web design and art. Some designers aim to improve the overall quality of design on the Internet.

And of course, some designers strive primarily to make a good living from their talents so that they can live a comfortable life.

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Whatever your reason for being a designer, you are unique.

  • If you want to be a well-paid designer, please the client.
  • If you want to be an award-winning designer, please yourself.
  • If you want to be a great designer, please the audience.

Leer más “7 Personality Types of Designers Today”

Picasso: A Free Social Media Icon Set

Picasso is a social media icon pack that is unique. The icon set was inspired – and dedicated to – the wonderful work of Pablo Picasso. You will find many subtle details inspired by this great artist if you look close enough!

Feel free to use them in any commercial or personal project. The size of each icon ranges from 512px to 16px.


April 23rd, 2010 by Iconshock

Picasso: A Free Social Media Icon Set

Picasso is a social media icon pack that is unique. The icon set was inspired – and dedicated to – the wonderful work of Pablo Picasso. You will find many subtle details inspired by this great artist if you look close enough!

Feel free to use them in any commercial or personal project. The size of each icon ranges from 512px to 16px.

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