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On Attitude...

Attitude is what you start with when you approach a creative situation. It guides your attention and hence what you see and how you interpret what you see. A creative attitude is open, passionate, focused, and has many other attributes that leads you in the direction of creative success.

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being, confidence, curiosity, doubt, enthusiasm, failure, letting go, love, openness*, passion, wonder


‘If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.’

Maya Angelou

‘If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.’

Mary Kay Ash

‘Old ideas give way slowly; for they are more than abstract logical forms and categories. They are habits, predispositions, deeply ingrained attitudes of aversion and preference.’

John Dewey

‘What are the conditions of the creative attitude, of seeing and responding, of being aware and being sensitive to what one is aware of? First of all it requires the capacity to be puzzled. Children still have the capacity to be puzzled.’

Erich Fromm

Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘Great accomplishments start with great aspirations.’

Gary Hamel

‘Be patient and calm—for no one can catch fish in anger.’

Herbert Hoover

‘The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.’

William James

‘Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, "This is the real me," and when you have found that attitude, follow it.’

William James

‘Creative powers can just as easily turn out to be destructive. It rests solely with the moral personality whether they apply themselves to good things or to bad. And if this is lacking, no teacher can supply it or take its place.’

Carl Gustaf Jung



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