Quotes from “The Big Thing” by Phyllis Korkki

My present self has a tendency to ask: Why must you create? Why can’t you just be? When I actively avoid working on my Big Thing, food tastes better and movies on the Lifetime channel seem unusually compelling.
onor your commitment. Even if it’s twenty minutes, honor that time.
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“I think one thing they could ask themselves would be: ‘Would I still do this thing if, when it came out, it was attributed to Anonymous? And I didn’t get any money from it?’ To me that’s the fundamental question that it all boils down to.”
That’s when he had a full-on crisis. He was spending all his time making products for other people when he should be making his own, he felt. First he thought he could create his product while still working full-time, but he just didn’t have the energy for that.
Without sustained effort, a Big Thing is an empty vessel, built out of grandiosity. The more space you give it in your mind, the more it obscures what is really there in front of you: your real life.
The strategy was to tame my muse, encouraging it to be active at the times I had set and at no other times.
I set a clock on the piano, put some music paper on the table nearby, and sat at the piano from ten until one. It didn’t matter whether I composed a note of music or not.
t took him nearly two months to become comfortable with his new rule
he habit of attention became available to me, and that brought real order to my life.”
would never have been possible without a series of small, incremental steps she took across time.
Galenson examines this dichotomy mainly in relation to
Creativity in Context, the Harvard professor Teresa Amabile says that “families most likely to foster creativity in children are characterized by a low level of authoritarianism and restrictiveness, an encouragement of independence, and a somewhat cool interpersonal distance between parents and children.”
Hmm. That reminds me of my own upbringing.
I come from Scandinavian stock (Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian), and true to that region’s stereotype of standoffishness, I don’t recall receiving many hugs or “I love
Jean Piaget understood the importance of play and fantasy in the development of young children.
She laments how “containerized” children have become these days. “They go from the crib to a chair to be strapped in to eat and to be strapped into the backseat of car and then to arrive at day care where the floors are all even.”
Hoffberger was something
consumer,” her father said. Autumn said she urges young people to “take this time, which is so precious, their childhood, to devote to something that they love.”
which she responded: “Quite honestly, I don’t paint longer than some kids play video games.” But again, her parents set the bar. “One of our philosophies around the house is to be a creative producer more than creative
Her message: “Don’t focus on how good you are. Focus on how much you love it.”
you really want your creative project to be meaningful, “you have to separate yourself from the outcome,”
Adam Phillips says in his book Missing Out, the life that we lead is often accompanied by a parallel life that we live only in our minds, a wished-for life where we respond in the best possible way to all
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