Next to the episodes on the Back to the Drawing Board podcast, there exists The Bookshelf.
The Bookshelf is my gift to you. On Instagram, every first of the month, I share with you a book that reminds you how to look, gets you in touch with your creativity. These are not just books for artists, nor people who love art. They are books for people that want to learn to look, whether it's at veggies in the grocery store, or other people's body language. They are books that give you the permission to enjoy the mystery, embrace the curiosity and dive in deep. It is in this mystery that the best ideas come about. With that being said, book twenty four on The Bookshelf is..
Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman
I always look forward to reading books that are not necesarily art orientated. It allows me to approach them with a helicopter view, and to draw the connection myself between what I'm reading and creativity. This is exciting: it's almost a creative act within itself.
'Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence' is a book which claims that the secret to success is not talent, nor hard work, but focus. As a society that is constantly being pulled by all sorts of images and sounds left, right and centre, attention can seem to be a quality that is hard to access. Attention however, is a topic that should be of concern to all creatives!
Creative living requires a sort of focus or attention on the everyday. Noticing things around us that may have gone into autopilot, and really looking at them as if it was the first time. It's why I think children are so creative: they are looking at everything with these 'fresh' eyes, or eyes that have not been clouded by the ideas of what things should be like. I think that more attention equals more creativity. Let's see if Goleman agrees with me, or at least if he has some interesting ideas to shed to my theory.
As always, I'll be sharing my opinions throughout the month on Instagram, so if your curiosity has been piqued, then make sure to follow along. If you'd like to read the book yourself, then use the link above to purchase your own copy (not an affiliate link).