Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Why people tend to give up on creative projects too early

 Why people tend to give up on creative projects too early - Quartz at Work: “Almost all good writing comes with terrible first efforts,” Anne Lamott declares in her beloved book for scribblers, Bird by Bird. “You need to start somewhere.” The same is true of any creative project. Yet it’s easy to forget this rule of thumb when you’re in the midst of brainstorming a new design or coming up with a business proposal, aware that the undertaking thus far isn’t looking very promising. Under those circumstances, it can seem reasonable—nay, wise—to simply give up. A recent paper, published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, suggests that many people quit creative projects too soon because they misunderstand how creativity works. Basically, they put too much stock in the importance of “aha moments” filled with sudden inspiration, and not nearly enough weight on persistence as a crucial part of the creative process. The authors call this phenomenon “insight bias.”…

How can you watch this poignant video [of “Over the Rainbow”], and not think of that place beyond the rainbow as the fame she never tasted, the successes she never knew about because they happened too late, or the years and decades robbed from her by illness—and just a month after the Blues Alley gig, doctors told her that the cancer was terminal.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Eva Cassidy’s death at age 33, and the passing of time hardly softens the blow. True, other music stars also die young, but they almost always enjoy a taste of fame and fortune before they leave us—and Cassidy had none of that. Fans celebrate her posthumous renown and record sales, but her actual life brought her mostly rejection, financial struggles, and illness.

 The Tragedy of Eva Cassidy - by Ted Gioia - The Honest Broker

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Rigged – An archive and podcast documenting the history of disinformation in America.

Rigged is an online archive and podcast documenting the history and evolution of disinformation in America, researched and curated by investigative journalist Amy Westervelt. Start here for a quick overview of the history of the PR industry, then use the navigation tabs above to dig into the techniquesspin masters, and industries that helped to evolve and grow America’s disinformation machine into the beast it is today. This site does not exist to replace or compete with any of the excellent archives or reporting that already exist—especially some of our personal favorites the UCSF Industry DocumentsClimate Files , and Documented—but to highlight specifically how and why disinformation techniques were created, the people who perfected them, and how they were used across multiple industries to shape public opinion and policy. All documents sourced by other organizations, researchers, or reporters are appropriately credited. We are particularly grateful for the work of Melissa AronczykBrooke BinkowskiRobert BrulleKert DaviesBen FrantaLisa GravesNaomi OreskesNick SurgeyJason StanleyGeoffrey Supran, and Dan Zegart…”

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