Episode 5: Creativity as a Process, not an Outcome

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Episode 5: Creativity as a Process, not an Outcome

In episode 5, John and Kevin discuss creativity as a process rather than an outcome. Every creative person produces finished work from time to time. For each creative work, however, there is a process of continuous learning and improvement that goes into it. They discuss the importance of a growth mindset and being open to viewing each work as a step along the way of a much longer journey.

The guys also talk about studies done in the 1960s that show we are all born creative and we can recapture that creativity at any point in our lives.


Much of the material for this episode was drawn from an article by James Clear: Creativity is a Process, Not an Event. Check it out on Jame’s Clear’s site. 

Jame Clear and the hosts also discuss a landmark study done by George Land and Beth Jarman in 1968. Click here for an article and TED Talk on this study.

The Funniest Joke in the World (you’ll know why we sent you here)

Kevin brought Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire. If you want to understand what being creative does to our brains and bodies, this is a great resource.

John introduced the book Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon.

Kleon’s book discusses many of the same subjects as the hosts do in the podcast but puts a great deal of emphasis on learning from, and emulating, your influences as a way to help find your own voice. In turn, Kleon discusses the value of learning from the influences that inspired your creative heroes.