{The Ideation Myth}

Faking Your Way to Creativity

{Notes from Carlos Whittaker’s Talk at Echo}

There is no creative class.

Myth: In order to be creative you have to have a Mac and shop at Urban Outfitters.

It is the mindset that matters. Everyone on the planet was created on in the image of the Creator.

We can’t let our preconceived notions of what creativity prevent us from creating.

Everything is a remix. Nothing is original. << It’s Truth…from Ecclesiastes 1.

 9 What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us.
11 There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.

Influence is hired. Epiphany is harvested.

God has remixed the definition of success for you. It’s not what you just saw someone else do.

Ideas become better with hesitation.

Great ideas come in the shower because there is little opportunity for distraction and minimal mental engagement is required for the task at hand {a white noise effect is created}.

Pull the trash and see what ideas you can find in your trash bin.

Blood, sweat and tears goes into crafting your best.

Most of the time ideas are fostered in a slow atmosphere. Most people are not prodigies. Most people have to do the work over a long period of time.

Make sure you are getting outside of the four walls of your office or your church. Find spaces where you feel creative.

Fake it until you make it. Most creatives are afraid that someone will discover that they have no idea what they are doing.

Check out these references:

Blog Post: “How to Steal Like an Artist. 9 Things Nobody Ever Told Me.”- Austin Kleon 

Video: “Everything is a Remix”

Video: “The Greatest Gift”


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  • sounds like a good one!

  • I keep saying I’m going to put a dry erase marker in my shower so that I can write stuff down (up high above where the water will get it). I thought I was the only one w/ this issue. The other time I get creative ideas is when driving ALONE in the car (4 passengers between 8-12 kind of kills the creativity). I use the voice memo function on my phone to record those ideas.

  • This post is so comforting.

  • Thank you for sharing with those of us who couldn’t attend Echo and are experiencing the awesomeness vicariously thru you.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for being so generous with those of us too lame (or out of vacation time) to attend Echo!

  • Thanks for sharing. Wish I could have been at Echo. Maybe next year!

  • Thanks for this Lindsey — I wasn’t able to catch his session so this is great.

    • You missed out. Carlos was great!

      • Yeah I did miss out — I went to listen to Kyle Steed who was great // Im working on technology to be in two places at once for the next conference I am going to.  — it should help

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