Everyone has untapped potential in some creative field. Yet some individuals -- Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs -- have far more of it than others. Apart from genes, there are at least three key environmental factors that affect creative accomplishments.
Continuous articles in text are fine, sure. But do you ever wonder what the folks who author books sound like, in person? Before the editorial reviews? I'll give you a hint: They're all characters, too.
Kenneth Schermerhorn and I raised our glasses. "To Art," I began. "To Life," he replied. "To the collision of the two," I said. "Ah," he sighed, smiling, "now there is where the trouble begins." And, to that, we drank.
All over America, you can find museums honoring Thomas Edison. But nowhere in his adopted country is there a structure dedicated to the inventor arguably more important than Edison in the creation of our modern era -- Nikola Tesla.
What's shocking about the parallels between our recent blizzard series and the Great White Hurricane is what New York City did 125 years ago that perhaps the rest of the country, or at least those in weather damage susceptible areas, ought to do as well.
A sure way to make yourself less productive is to artificially limit your individual sleep needs. We can't do without sleep. But can we do without dreams? The scientific evidence is less clear on this point.
Experience, says, in one word, that "I did that", "I was there", and "I made that happen." So why then, are so many employers forgoing the chance of enlisting experienced workers toward they corporate cause, in lieu of finding more affordable workers?
It's tragically hard to win hearts and minds overseas when we don't even recognize what's in our own hearts and minds. We think we're pure of heart, but "civilizing" missions based on military occupation inevitably contain a heart of darkness.