“It is easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent.”
To open yourself up to being creative and learning, John Cleese says you need the following:
1. Space: You cannot be under the usual pressures of daily life, this means making a quiet space for yourself away from all these.
2. Time: It’s not enough to create space, you need to set aside a specific period of time (a specific start time and end time).
3. Time: Give your mind as long as possible to come up with something original.
4. Confidence: The fear of making a mistake stops your creative juices. To play you must experiment. You are either free to play or you are not. You’ve got to risk something.
5. Humor: Cleese believes solemnity only serves pomposity (the bane of all creativity and problem solving).
“ Rudeness is merely the expression of fear. People fear they won’t get what they want. The most dreadful and unattractive person only needs to be loved, and they will open up like a flower. I’m reminded of a verse: ‘The painter’s brush touched the inchoate face with ends of nimble bristles.”
“ Bad design makes it out into the World not through malicious intent but through no intent at all.”