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John Cleese on Creativity

John Cleese
How to be Creative

John Cleese on Creativity

In this brilliant 36-minute video, John Cleese gets to the core of what it takes to become creative. "Creativity is not a talent" he states, "It is a way of operating."

“So, the prospect of settling down for quite serious study of creative for the purpose of tonight’s gossip, was delightful,” states Cleese in the introduction, “and having spent several weeks on it, I can state categorically that what I have to tell you tonight about how you can all become more creative is a complete waste of time.”

Specifically, Cleese outlines "the 5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative”:

Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative,
if you’re under your usual pressures.”)

Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create
your space for a specific period of time.”)

Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up
with something original,” and learning to tolerate
the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.)

Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative
so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)

Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that
it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)