37 Quotes on the Creative Force Within

 

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” –Albert Einstein

 

“Creativity doesn’t just love constraints; it thrives under them.” -David Burkus

 

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” –Joseph C. Pearce

 

“Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.” –Henri Matisse

 

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” –Stephen Hawking

 

“Creating open teamwork is the best way to encourage innovation.” -Kay Koplovitz

 

“You can’t harvest big ideas unless you sow the right seeds.” -Rowan Gibson

 

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” –Dr. Seuss

 

“A thousand dreams within me softly burn.” –Arthur Rimbaud

 

“The earth has music for those who listen.” –Shakespeare

 

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” –Robin Williams

 

“Creativity takes courage.” –Henri Matisse

 

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” -Albert Einstein

 

“Innovation is the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” -Peter Drucker

 

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” –Henry David Thoreau

 

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” –Alan Kay

 

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” –Vincent Van Gogh

 

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” -Thomas Edison

 

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” –Carl Sandburg

 

“Every artist was first an amateur.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

5 Lessons on Innovation from Outlander’s Diana Gabaldon

A Creative Force

One of the most innovative people I have ever met is my friend Diana Gabaldon. Last year, her wildly popular Outlander novels became even more popular as the new television series was released. Whether you are reading her Outlander series or her Lord John novels, you will be hard pressed to categorize her writing. Most critics give up and classify her work with a list of descriptive words ranging from historical fiction and romance to mystery and adventure.

However you describe her novels, you may find it even more challenging to describe the author. Diana is equal parts scholar, writer and historian. Mix in a bit of archivist; stir in comic book writing, and the unique recipe begins to take shape.

When I first met Diana, I had not read any of her books. She captivated me by the way she told a story. How she went from college professor to best-selling author was a story I will never forget.

Here are a few lessons I learned from the impossible-to-describe creative force named Diana Gabaldon:

 

Lessons from A Creative Mind

1. Try….why not take a chance? 

It seems that most people have an idea, think they should do something, and then push that dream into a drawer. They never really give it a go.

Years ago, Diana read comic books. She felt the writing quality was declining and that she could do it herself. Have you ever felt that way? You see something and think, “I can do better.” Most of us have. What sets Diana apart is that she didn’t stop there. She investigated. She found out who was in charge and then turned in a submission.

Years later, Diana would take a different chance. She thought that she would like to try writing a novel. That try, what she calls the novel she was writing for “practice,” became Outlander.

What idea have you had that you have left in that drawer? What could you do to give birth to something new?

 

2. Study…for the love of creating.

Long before her mega success as an author, Diana spent years as a university professor.  She has a PhD in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology. She also holds degrees in marine biology and zoology. That type of academic success shows an underlying love of learning.

And it’s that same love of learning she uses in the meticulous research for her books.  Her fiction books are known for their accuracy, and it is no wonder.  Her personal library includes thousands of books. Her Arizona home alone contains over 1500 reference works on topics such as warfare techniques, poisons and history. Some of the topics are very specific, such as the art of passementarie (the knotted tassels on 18th century furnishings) or the 126 books on herbals. If you have been searching for Sam Johnson’s Dictionary (1755) or Captain Francis Grose’s A Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1811), look no further.

Often people look for the shortcuts to success. You may hear that Diana decided to write a book and then found herself on the NYT list. The truth is that great public success is almost always the result of planting, tilling and working in private.

Diana Gabaldon's bookcase, Used by Permission Diana Gabaldon’s bookcase, Used by Permission

 

3. Fail…and keep going!