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Stuck in a Creative Slump? Here’s a Source of Inspiration

David Beharall
David
After 11 years in professional football David retired in 2006 to set up CandidSky. He currently holds the position of Managing Director.

August 18, 2015

2 minutes

When your job requires you to be creative all the time, it’s easy to fall into a slump. Last week I found myself in that exact position.

It was 8am and the first task of the day was to come up with some creative ideas for our new office. To kickstart the process I fired up the Nespresso machine with a double Kazaar (the strongest coffee available) and sat down to work.

Around an hour later it was clear the slump had well and truly kicked in and no ideas had formed.

These slumps happen to the best of us and in my experience I find it’s best to not fight them. One of the quickest ways to inspire creativity that I know of is to find inspiration in others. Usually I find myself browsing through a few Pinterest images or watching a couple of TED Talks.

On this particular occasion I decided to turn to the team for help in signposting some of their favourite sources of inspiration.

We setup a new channel on Slack (our internal collaboration tool) and named the channel ‘Inspire’. Within a few minutes the content came flooding in. Around 30 minutes later the slump had passed, the spark was back and flame was lit again.

So in anticipation for your next dry spell (and mine) I’ve compiled a selection of the best content I received.

Top 5 Quotes

  1. We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. – Albert Einstein
  2. One who makes no mistakes makes nothing at all. – Giacomo Casanova
  3. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. – Steve Jobs
  4. Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. – Henry Ford
  5. Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. –Pablo Picasso

Recommended Video: Simon Sinek – Start With Why

If you are a business owner, director or hold a position working within marketing or branding I highly recommend this Ted Talk from Simon Sinek.

 

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