And the #1 Habit of “Highly Creative People” is…?

…Solitude, doods. But all of us already knew that, didn’t we? Cuz we discovered that truth the way creative people discover everything: All by our lonesomes.

solitude and light

But if you’re the kinda peep who needs authority figures, here ya go:

The No. 1 Habit of Highly Creative People – by Leo Babauta

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for contructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ~Rollo May

Creativity is a nebulous, murky topic that fascinates me endlessly — how does it work? What habits to creative people do that makes them so successful at creativity?

I’ve reflected on my own creative habits, but decided I’d look at the habits that others consider important to their creativity. I picked a handful of creatives, almost at random — there are so many that picking the best would be impossible, so I just picked some that I admire, who came to mind when I thought of the word “creative”.

This was going to be a list of their creative habits … but in reviewing their lists, and my own habits, I found one that stood out. And it stands out if you review the habits and quotes from great creative people in history.

It’s the Most Important Habit when it comes to creativity.

After you read the No. 1 habit, please scroll down and read the No. 2 habit — they might seem contradictory but in my experience, you can’t really hit your creative stride until you find a way to balance both habits.

Read it all

solitude and bukowski

3 thoughts on “And the #1 Habit of “Highly Creative People” is…?

  1. Terry says:

    As of Jan. 12, 2013, at 8:49 a.m. CST, the “read it all” link doesn’t work.

    • LB says:

      Thanks, Terry. I fixed it. What would TVWriter™ do without you? (Speaking of that, we’d love to have you contribute some articles!)

      LYMI,

      LB

  2. Terry says:

    Thank you for fixing it, Larry. I’d love to contribute more. I was just thinking about that this morning!

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