Getting Unstuck | Make sure you get new cards

One of the challenges of being “production-centric” is that it is easy to become creatively dry. Sometimes it is easy to know when you are low on internal provisions, but other times it sneaks up.  You’ve poured out all of your emotion and life experiences into your craft, then find yourself recycling the same stuff over and over. (This isn’t only true of artists. It happens in business, academia, art… Without fuel, the creative spark dims.)

David Wahlstedt introduced me to a great quote by Theodore Zeldin…“Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet they don’t just exchange facts; They transform them, reshape them, draw different conclusions from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn’t just reshuffle the cards, it creates new cards.”

We all need new cards from time to time, and they aren’t actually that difficult to generate. The thing is that it takes us being willing to break our comfortable routine. Reading authors we’ve never read, engaging people with different life experience…having different life experiences ourselves. That exposure creates richer, deeper, more interesting human beings and gives us a deeper well to draw from.

If you feel stuck, try something new.  Let yourself become curious.  Who knows where that could lead?


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