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In this episode Joel and Antonia discuss what it means to be part of the creative class.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Since so much of labor has been automated, there’s more and more need for knowledge workers and a creative class.
  • We’re often far more creative as children, and it’s a challenge to reclaim that creativity as adults.
  • Some personality types make better decisions if they just tap into their creative side.
  • Creativity can lead to major personal growth.
  • An artist is anyone who is creative, and a creative self can be reclaimed.
  • “Shadow Artists” are those who desire to be creative, but don’t directly go for their dream. They get a job that is close to it. (i.e. An assistant to a film director, instead of being the director.)
  • Permission is the biggest factor in living the artistic/creative life you desire.
  • There are some stereotypes about artistic and creative types that can turn people off from pursuing their authentic desires.
  • Being part of the creative class doesn’t have to look like the traditional artist.
  • Creativity can’t necessarily be quantified and measured. There can be a lot of waste/excess, so it can look messy.
  • Not everyone wants you to be creative. They don’t want you to reinvent the wheel, they want the bottom line. Support is important but not always available.
  • When we don’t give ourselves permission to do things, it’s very difficult to give others permission.
  • When someone breaks free and pursues creativity others may resent their sense of freedom.
  • A creative class is rising, which means less and less people are resenting others creative freedom.
  • Creatives tend to ask for forgiveness instead of permission.
  • Don’t let others stop you if you get the wind knocked out of your sails.
  • Creatives are more needed than ever – we’re moving into a creative culture.
  • The creative class is also discovering new ways of doing business. They’re not just creating art – they’re creating new business models.
  • Creativity will be needed to save entire industries.
  • Creative ideas can be seen even in places like the prison system.
  • Technology outpaces itself every eight months. We need a lot of creative minds to come up with solutions to keep up with technology.
  • This creative culture is going to have to be more forgiving of failure.
  • In creativity, failure is part of test/iterate, and gets you to your goal faster. It’s part of the process, as long as you’re increasing the quality of your failures.
  • When reclaiming creativity, start with something you have sovereignty over. Where you can call the shots.
  • Give yourself a lot of space and time for creativity. Playfulness is important. Get on a child’s level, crawl on the floor. Replicate the experiences of childhood.
  • Act like you did when you were 7 years old.
  • Practice not giving a damn.
  • Put up reminders in your home to be expressive and free from social censure.
  • Creative people are life-long learners. School/education may move into a subscription model as opposed to something you get through in college and then move on.
  • Always have a book you’re reading.
  • Community is vital to a creative class person. Find a community/tribe of like-minded individuals.

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  • Frederck
    • Frederck
    • June 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Intuitive types rules :)
    I’m so bored by the sensor’s mundane talk, can those people be creative at all?

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