In every worthwhile project, you’ll hit one or more points where it seems like you’re up against an absolute show-stopper. Maybe the challenge is technical, but just as often it’s organizational or political.[Read more…] about We are all capable of solving tough problems.
A reader left a comment on this blog post I wrote in 2011. The Easter Coder suggests an enhancement to the technical solution I cobbled together for a problem I was facing at the time. After looking back on that solution now that eight years have passed, I’d like to offer a different perspective. [Read more…] about Solve a better problem
I have a fascination with The White Stripes. It’s amazing to me how much they can do with so little.
In this roughly two minute clip, Jack White talks about the things that foster their creativity.
There are two main takeaways here:
1. You don’t always wake up inspired and you don’t really need to. Get to work anyway. You still may come up with something good. I would add that inspiration often follows getting started anyway.
2. Create a box and then work within that box. Restrictions and constraints can foster creativity. Too many options and a lack of constraints can kill creativity. The White Stripes have chosen certain restrictions and constraints to continually force themselves to be creative.
Directors cut good scenes to make a great movie. Musicians drop good tracks to make a great album. Writers eliminate good pages to make a book great.
@Books: Rework, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson – Service Industries – Management Today