Truly creative people are very often saying "no"
Peter Drucker, a well-known management theorist who wrote not one book, answered like this:
I do not believe in creativity, but I believe in productivity. And one of her secrets is that you need to start a huge waste basket and put all the invitations in it, like your. Productivity is not to do absolutely nothing that helps other people in their work, but to dedicate all their time to the case, the ability to make you awarded the highest strength. And do this business need good.
Mr. Belo reports that despite his age, it still remains creative, including due to the fact that it does not allow itself to be part of the research of other people.
Sorry, I have too little time.
He is a creative person, and therefore very loaded by work. Thus, the reason you want to take interviews from him at the same time is the reason that he cannot help you in this matter. He also adds that he cannot respond to this letter personally, since desperately trying to finish a violin concert, the premiere of which will take place in autumn.
Professor wrote 275 creative people. A third of them answered "no", explaining the failure of a shortage of time. Another third just did not answer. Perhaps they also did not have time in order to help the professor, maybe they simply did not have a personal secretary that would write an answer.
Time is what is primarily important for creative activities. Forget about the myths who covered creativity. It will ultimately be reduced to what you just need to work: to work to become an expert both in theory and in practice; work to find solutions to problems, as well as the problems that your solutions will lead; work to go through the path of trial and error; work to reflect and self-improvement, and, of course, work on your creation.
The creative process exhausts you today, and tomorrow everything will happen again. He is not known nor weekend, no vacation. Creativity can not be engaged only when you feel inspired. This is a habit, coercion, obsession and vocation. This is what dictates all the creators, how to spend their time. Do not believe what you are told, and what you read. True alone – all creative personalities spend all their time for their work.
The ability to say "no" means for a creative person much more than ideas, views and talent combined. "No" guards the time that is necessary for creation.
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Math time is simple: you have it less than you think, and you need it more than you believe.
We were not taught to say "no". Failure is rude. "No" – this is reversible, refutation, in some way, act of verbal violence. "No" need to talk to drugs and strangers who want to treat you with candy.
Creative people are often wondering: "If I do not say" no "what I lose? Sketch? Sting? Paragraph? Ten lines of code?". The answer is always the same: in any case, you will steal time at your creation.
There are products that need to buy; There is a family that your love and support is needed; There are daily work to do.
People for whom creativity is a matter of life know it. They know that the world is full of strangers who want to treat them with candy. They know how to say "no" and at the same time they understand that another person can hurt by their refusal.
This is what Charles Dickens wrote, refusing a friend’s offer to see him:
"It will take only half an hour," "Pay me a little time after lunch", "This is just one evening" – people tell me it again and again, but they do not know how sometimes it’s hard to make yourself pay at least five minutes Each of them. They do not suspect how much you can worry about one thought that I promised to meet someone. The one who once decided to devote his life to art should fully surrender to him, art should be compensation to everything. I am saddened that you suspect me in reluctance to see you, but I can’t do anything with me – this is my way, and I have to follow him to the end.
If you say "no", people can calculate you indifferent, boring, ignorant, evil, selfish, antisocial, lonely, indifferent person. Arsenal insults to your address may be inexhaustible. But the word "no" is the magic button that helps you continue to engage in your work.