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.