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On Falling Behind, Failing, and Progress

Writer Annie Murphy Paul writes in “How We Make Progress” that rather than a staircase model of learning, in which we steadily climb step after step to the top, a more apt metaphor may be waves on a beach, “where one wave overtakes another and then pulls back, overtaken in turn by another advancing and then receding wave.” “Research by …

Lisa RiveroOn Falling Behind, Failing, and Progress
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The Creative Life and Opportunity Cost

Every choice we make has an opportunity cost. That simple idea, first explained to me by my son, has had a lasting impact. It doesn’t always mean that I make the wisest choice in the moment, but I certainly have made some more thoughtful choices as a result. What is opportunity cost? Every choice we make has an opportunity cost. Every time we …

Lisa RiveroThe Creative Life and Opportunity Cost
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Do you stop too soon in the creative process?

What if everyone has severe doubts in the creative process, and the only difference between those who finish and those who don’t is that they plow through their negative feelings, treating them as perhaps not just a nuisance, but necessary?

Lisa RiveroDo you stop too soon in the creative process?

Cross-Pollinate for Creativity

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The inGenius Book Club: Cross-Pollination “Connecting unexpected people, places, objects, and ideas provides a huge boost to your imagination.” ~ Tina Seelig Chapter Two of inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity discusses the important role of cross-pollination in creativity: like a bee, moving from flower to flower, trailing pollen everywhere we go, borrowing from one idea to improve another. Dan Pink, in …

Lisa RiveroCross-Pollinate for Creativity

The inGenius Book Club Series, Part I: Reframing

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Now that National Poetry Month is coming to a close, I am excited to move on to a new series for the next several weeks on creativity (my recent post at Psychology Today is also on this topic). This is the first in a series of eleven posts over the next several weeks that will serve as a kind of companion …

Lisa RiveroThe inGenius Book Club Series, Part I: Reframing