Fostering Creativity: Advice from John Cleese

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A little something for the middle of your workweek– advice from Monty Python’s John Cleese on how to set up an environment conducive to creativity. Hint: it involves space, time, confidence, play, humor, and a 22-inch waste.

I’m pretty sure he’s addressing a bunch of business execs in this clip, but that won’t matter until the final minute or two.

So,… how do you make a space for yourself (both physical and mental) where you feel free to explore creative ideas? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • I explore at night, in bed, after I pray. God supplies the ideas and the solutions. I get up immediately and write them down so as not to forget. The next morning I take the notes and complete the creative process. My wife asks: why did you get up in the middle of the night? Answer…I wrote another song!
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  • This is great advice. I use these techniques when I compose music, and Mr. Cleese presents them in a very clear way.