Pay attention to the ordinary things…

In a podcast with Tim Ferris, Lessons from Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Ben Franklin, Walter Isaacson said that to foster greater creativity we must “be interested in everything” and that we must “push ourselves to be more observant… to pause and be curious about what makes the sky blue.” He goes on to say that we must “notice the most ordinary things in life and marvel at them.”

Writing of her grandmother’s beautiful letters detailing the seemingly insignificant miracles around her like the tiger lilies or a quick lizard scooting under a river rock, Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way says, “The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention…. more than anything else, attention is an act of connection

Takeaways: Feed creativity with curiosity and the power of observation; Connect with, and marvel at the surrounding universe and draw inspiration from the experiences of delight over the ordinary things. 

The lesson the universe is teaching:  No one is exactly like you. No one ever will be. It follows then that, no one will see the world exactly as you do, if you would only take the time to observe it closely. When creativity is inspired by this deep and personal observation, the expression of it can be no less original than its creator. 

Terry Crews: How to have do and be all that you want.

Let me preface this post by saying that today was a rough mommy day (toddler + resistance to bathroom = Lake Pee Pee on the hardwood floor) and this here podcast is rocking my world… Rarely does a podcast make me laugh, cry, and say “preach!” Terry Crews is so real and talks about being the art, being the masterpiece. Did you know he is a painter who got his first scholarship in art not football? Did you know he has a line of furniture? Did you know that he is a lifelong creative in addition to ex pro football player and now famous Hollywood entertainer? Listen to this podcast… it will change you (if you’re ready for it).

Stream the interview with Tim Ferris here.

Some of my takeaways:

Go for it… take your shot.  Don’t miss the opportunity. Even if you fall flat on your face… take the shot. It will define you whether you make it or not… if you frame the experience rightly, it will positively effect you either way.

You really get what you want in life… When you want something, you do what it takes to get it. If you miss things, let things go and don’t change your circumstances… you are ultimately getting what you want. What you want doesn’t always equal good and great… sometimes what you want is comfort and complaining. You just haven’t admitted it to yourself and that leads to self sabotaging.

Ever heard the phrase…”It’s a dog eat dog world?” Think about it… Dogs DON’T eat Dogs. Creativity is not a competition. In creativity, you just do you. Do not compete… don’t try to beat what is out there already.

There’s no room for jealousy and hate…You need the success of others around you to multiply the opportunities you have. There is room for everyone!

There is no one else like you… the world will never see another you… ever. No one will ever have the timbre of you voice and no one could ever do anything like you. So, everything you want to do is original. You just have to do it.

You have to know that your viewpoint is viable… You are creative.

Have courage… success comes to the courageous.

(So many gems in this podcast… you just have to listen. Go do it.) Last but not least…

“In order to HAVE, you have to DO; and in order to DO you have to BE.”

Crews references one of his favorite motivational books, Master Key System (just downloaded to my Kindle and I’m sure I’ll be rambling about this in a future post. ♥)