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THE ART OF CREATIVE THINKING reveals how we can transform our businesses, our society and ourselves through a deeper understanding of human creativity. Rod Judkins, a lecturer in creativity at the world-famous St Martin's College of Art, will examine the behaviour of successful creative thinkers and explain how all of us can learn from them to improve our lives. Judkins wi THE ART OF CREATIVE THINKING reveals how we can transform our businesses, our society and ourselves through a deeper understanding of human creativity. Rod Judkins, a lecturer in creativity at the world-famous St Martin's College of Art, will examine the behaviour of successful creative thinkers and explain how all of us can learn from them to improve our lives. Judkins will draw on an extraordinary range of reference points, from the Dada Manifesto to Andy Warhol's studio, via Steve Jobs, Nobel Prize winning economists and many others, and distil a lifetime's expertise into 90 succinct chapters. Along the way he shares the story of most successful class in educational history (in which every single student won a Nobel prize); shows why graphic nudity during public speaking can be both a curse and surprisingly persuasive; and reveals why, in the twenty-first century, it's technically illegal to be as good as good as Michelangelo.


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THE ART OF CREATIVE THINKING reveals how we can transform our businesses, our society and ourselves through a deeper understanding of human creativity. Rod Judkins, a lecturer in creativity at the world-famous St Martin's College of Art, will examine the behaviour of successful creative thinkers and explain how all of us can learn from them to improve our lives. Judkins wi THE ART OF CREATIVE THINKING reveals how we can transform our businesses, our society and ourselves through a deeper understanding of human creativity. Rod Judkins, a lecturer in creativity at the world-famous St Martin's College of Art, will examine the behaviour of successful creative thinkers and explain how all of us can learn from them to improve our lives. Judkins will draw on an extraordinary range of reference points, from the Dada Manifesto to Andy Warhol's studio, via Steve Jobs, Nobel Prize winning economists and many others, and distil a lifetime's expertise into 90 succinct chapters. Along the way he shares the story of most successful class in educational history (in which every single student won a Nobel prize); shows why graphic nudity during public speaking can be both a curse and surprisingly persuasive; and reveals why, in the twenty-first century, it's technically illegal to be as good as good as Michelangelo.

30 review for The Art of Creative Thinking

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    Can creative thinking decrease anxiety and boost confidence? This is NOT AT ALL the topic of this book. That's just what happened to me.  4.5/5 Stars! If you think or others told you you're not creative, do yourself a favor and read this book! Creativity is not something you're born with or something people just have. I'm not even going to try to tell you what it actually is. You can figure that out for yourself. THAT is creativity. Create your own sense of creative thinking! I hope it will op Can creative thinking decrease anxiety and boost confidence? This is NOT AT ALL the topic of this book. That's just what happened to me.  4.5/5 Stars! If you think or others told you you're not creative, do yourself a favor and read this book! Creativity is not something you're born with or something people just have. I'm not even going to try to tell you what it actually is. You can figure that out for yourself. THAT is creativity. Create your own sense of creative thinking! I hope it will open your mind as it did for me. My experience while reading The Art of Creative Thinking was eye opening! I always thought "Nope, i'm not creative!" or "I can't even draw a straight line!" Well screw that! Who needs to draw a straight line anyways?? I think I'll take up drawing. I never thought I would say that! What kind of crazy shit is this book making me do??? The Art of Creative Thinking is short and easy to read. I had the audiobook, read by Michael Rosen, and it was fantastic! Anytime a non-fiction audiobook is fun, you know the narrator did a great job! In fact, It made me feel so good i'm going to re-listen to it right away! Think that's crazy? Well I do! I never re-read anything right away! The book itself made me ask myself "Why not?" If I don't like it I will have learned a lesson. That brings up my favorite topic of the book. MAKING MISTAKES! There are a few mentions on the topic of making mistakes. This was great stuff! The short version of it was don't be afraid of making mistakes. I'm not telling you to go out there and be a complete moron and screw up everything you do, just don't be shackled by the fear of being perfect and of never ever making mistakes. The way you react to mistakes will tell you a great deal about yourself and you can learn and be creative in solving the problem. I, for one, have a fear of making mistakes and it sucks the creative life out of me. Sure, this book has many anecdotes. You can take these examples literally, like an ass-hat, or see the deeper meaning the author had in mind. Nobody is telling you to go paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. When Michelangelo took on this project, nothing was ever done to compare to the immense work he was about to do. It was creative then, it's not anymore. Make your own masterpiece. There is some very odd advice given at some points, for example, be late for work. Will you do what it says? That wouldn't be too creative now, would it? The advice is not meant for you to use. The people referred to in the anecdotes and examples did not have an instructions manual to tell them how to think creatively. There is no manual for this. This is not a manual for creative thinking!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    This isn’t a self help book. This is a book with a bunch of random anecdotes about stereotypical famous people (Steve Jobs, Van Gogh, and ew, even Woody Allen and Donald Trump) attached to generic lessons. To add insult to injury, the writing is super disjointed and unorganized. And I don’t excuse the clunky writing as the author’s “creativity” when it fails to be effective. You might as well just browse an inspiration Pinterest board.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    This book is split into numerous little sections, each covering one area of consideration. You're presented with a title, an introduction to the concept, an anecdote to show it in practice, and a conclusion explaining it all. Then to wrap up the section a quote of some relevance and page numbers of suggested sections to read next - sometimes and agree/disagree type choice, sometimes a related concept, sometimes a couple of pathways you can follow. The format is very brief, with most sections arou This book is split into numerous little sections, each covering one area of consideration. You're presented with a title, an introduction to the concept, an anecdote to show it in practice, and a conclusion explaining it all. Then to wrap up the section a quote of some relevance and page numbers of suggested sections to read next - sometimes and agree/disagree type choice, sometimes a related concept, sometimes a couple of pathways you can follow. The format is very brief, with most sections around 3-5 pages long. The pages are smaller than a typical book too making it very easy to dip into and flip about as suggested in the introduction. The biggest shame in that regard is that the book itself is physically just a bit too big to easily carry around. An odd comment to make in a book review but one that is relevant to this one. As for the content? Great! Most books of this type will have readers agreeing or disagreeing with various statements, what I liked about this is I feel the author not only wouldn't mind that but would actively relish it. Sometimes I feel the author pushes too hard to prove his creativity. That is largely about the author/reader relationship though - that kind of thing goes against my natural style but for others the exact same words will likely resonate deeply and inspire them. That is the interesting thing about the author though - many of the times I disagree with him make me want to interact with him more. I get the impression he's someone I'd happily sit and argue the day away with - someone who genuinely likes challenging and being challenged over ideas. It's a small thing but I would've liked an index to give some vague hints where I might want to dip into. I completely understand the urge to avoid chapters, especially with numbers, but having now read it I have no idea how to find some of the things I'd love to go back and look at in more depth. The sections are brief and there isn't much depth on subjects - it works well for the purpose, but I want to fill in the gaps on some of the threads that caught my eye and it will be difficult. This is one of those times I feel the desire to prove creativity is a hindrance. Overall the book was good. Easy to throw yourself into and poke at to get you thinking. I suspect if you're interested in this book a lot of it won't be new to you, but it's always nice to have those thoughts reinforced and pick up a little nugget of motivation or even inspiration. I feel it may be a harder read if you don't have a creative background, but it seems like it would still be fairly welcoming and helpful. If you do have a creative background I suspect it may be a book shared around your social circle - passed on sporadically and sparking some discussion as it does the rounds. I like that, I like the book. It's not life changing, but it does deal with some of the common thoughts anyone trying to do creative work faces. A complimentary copy of this book was supplied for review by the publisher as part of the "First Reads" program.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shog Al Maskery

    It's not the type of book you read from cover to cover, it guides you through. However you can get lost in between what you read and haven't read the second time you open it up. It's not the type of book you read from cover to cover, it guides you through. However you can get lost in between what you read and haven't read the second time you open it up.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lucie Goroyan

    First of all I want to say that I HATE self-help books but this one really surprised me. Unlike other stupid (I mean self-help) books, it didn't say you're the best, you can achieve everything and blah blah blah. Instead it was full of many examples how creative people acted. Recently I got my dream job! Graphic Designer at PicsArt which is one of the most famous photo editing apps in the world. I was (and maybe still am) full of doubts whether I could make it or not. I thought that I don't have First of all I want to say that I HATE self-help books but this one really surprised me. Unlike other stupid (I mean self-help) books, it didn't say you're the best, you can achieve everything and blah blah blah. Instead it was full of many examples how creative people acted. Recently I got my dream job! Graphic Designer at PicsArt which is one of the most famous photo editing apps in the world. I was (and maybe still am) full of doubts whether I could make it or not. I thought that I don't have relevant education, I can't draw straight lines and many other stupid things))) But this book somehow opened my eyes. I realised that perfection isn't the answer and it's totally fine to not be able to draw a straight line. Who cares?! It showed me that many people who I admire simply believed in their ideas and did everything to achieve them. And what I loved most about this book is that it was full of interesting information. I totally recommend it to everyone (especially to creative people who are full of doubts) ^^

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brodie Gron

    A more accurate title for this book: Immature Anecdotes on Creative Thinking. This book encompasses near all the worst things associated with creativity, while offering no more than 2 or 3 (the book is split into 85 isolated chapters) genuine observations on the fundamental art (or approach) to creativity. The immaturity and clear lack of reason in Judkin's approach to creativity as a whole is almost shocking. "Artist X painted naked and was very creative, therefore you too should try painting nak A more accurate title for this book: Immature Anecdotes on Creative Thinking. This book encompasses near all the worst things associated with creativity, while offering no more than 2 or 3 (the book is split into 85 isolated chapters) genuine observations on the fundamental art (or approach) to creativity. The immaturity and clear lack of reason in Judkin's approach to creativity as a whole is almost shocking. "Artist X painted naked and was very creative, therefore you too should try painting naked." Once or twice I thought, Huh, cool. Which is what I expect from a blogpost or a podcast. A published book with 85 chapters needs to achieve more. Ps. A handful of the paragraphs here actively angered me. Here's one I remember (paraphrased): Be late to meetings, miss appointments, get lost on the way to lunch, disregard whatever plans you made, get rid of your watch. Life's more fun this way. Tremendously poor advice to creative people and those who identify as potentials.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ria

    Well, I finally muddled through. Depending on my mood, this in turns inspired, amused and annoyed me. It's a bit like having a friend just coming up with neverending suggestions to a challenge you face - huge credit to the friend for thinking up so many options... But also, isn't there power in focusing on the key suggestions that are more likely to get results. I hope that one day, I'll be looking for inspiration for creativity, and this book will offer me the answer I need at that time. Well, I finally muddled through. Depending on my mood, this in turns inspired, amused and annoyed me. It's a bit like having a friend just coming up with neverending suggestions to a challenge you face - huge credit to the friend for thinking up so many options... But also, isn't there power in focusing on the key suggestions that are more likely to get results. I hope that one day, I'll be looking for inspiration for creativity, and this book will offer me the answer I need at that time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sol Smith

    This bummed me out. I’ve been reading a lot about neuropsychology and the process of creativity. This was not what this book was about. This was a collection of mini-rants acting like pseudo-inspirational essays trying to get you on board with your own individuality. Like, “And then he left the company and started something that was more true to himself. That man was Steve Jobbs/Albert Einstein/Nikolai Tesla/Paul Cezanne.” Over and over. You don’t need to read this.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Interesting read. Good but not great.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ioana Ioana

    2015, Opportunity to boost your general knowledge Despite the godawful repetitive stylistic choice (“everyone is a genius waiting to be discovered” and other rosy, sometimes pragmatic and oftentimes contradictory statements), which is anything but original, I found the stories to be a rather interesting hodgepodge From learning about China’s “Anti-Spiritual Pollution Campaign” that had sci-fi banned for a while, to the impressive catwalk show for Alexander McQueen Dress no.13 and Giles Brindley’s 2015, Opportunity to boost your general knowledge Despite the godawful repetitive stylistic choice (“everyone is a genius waiting to be discovered” and other rosy, sometimes pragmatic and oftentimes contradictory statements), which is anything but original, I found the stories to be a rather interesting hodgepodge From learning about China’s “Anti-Spiritual Pollution Campaign” that had sci-fi banned for a while, to the impressive catwalk show for Alexander McQueen Dress no.13 and Giles Brindley’s awe inspiring erection-demonstration https://litfl.com/how-to-give-an-unfo..., there’s something for everyone.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mayush Shrestha

    There are many points I loved and highlighted as a reminder. Among them all I really got inspired by “Don’t be expert on yourself.” We judge ourselves and draw limitations without even trying to acknowledge what our strength could be. Secondly, it hit me when the book mentioned “accept rejection”. I don’t dislike criticism or rejection as believe it is motivating. However, rejection are like bad spirit hunting you mostly. Over all, I got ideas about where I need to being changes and accept my wo There are many points I loved and highlighted as a reminder. Among them all I really got inspired by “Don’t be expert on yourself.” We judge ourselves and draw limitations without even trying to acknowledge what our strength could be. Secondly, it hit me when the book mentioned “accept rejection”. I don’t dislike criticism or rejection as believe it is motivating. However, rejection are like bad spirit hunting you mostly. Over all, I got ideas about where I need to being changes and accept my work.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sangeeta K

    I'm going to keep reading this, because this isn't like most books. Taking on a Goosebumps "head here based on how the last chapter made you think/feel" approach throughout the book. And it's really somehow inspiring. Somehow relatable. Without trying too hard. Good for anybody, not good for just borrowing, get a copy. I'm going to keep reading this, because this isn't like most books. Taking on a Goosebumps "head here based on how the last chapter made you think/feel" approach throughout the book. And it's really somehow inspiring. Somehow relatable. Without trying too hard. Good for anybody, not good for just borrowing, get a copy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dru Williams

    It was an enjoyable read because each chapter had a scenario balances with teachings. I won’t remember all of them, but there are some that will make you think differently.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena H

    Highly enjoyable and thought provoking. Written in short chapters that are meant to be read at leisure and in the order one fancies, which didn't really suit an audiobook format. It was enjoyable to listen to regardless, and I might pick up a physical copy to be able to jump to certain sections and use the book more effectively. Highly enjoyable and thought provoking. Written in short chapters that are meant to be read at leisure and in the order one fancies, which didn't really suit an audiobook format. It was enjoyable to listen to regardless, and I might pick up a physical copy to be able to jump to certain sections and use the book more effectively.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Will Once

    This is a "yes, but" review of a "yes, but" sort of book. It's okayish, with flashes of brilliance and patches of ... whatever the opposite of brilliance is. I'll do the good news first. Rod Judkins clearly knows what he is talking about. He writes well. The little snippets in the book are occasionally inspiring. Most people ought to get one or two "aha!" moments when something just clicks. Good stuff. And if that is what you are looking for, then assume that this is a five star review and go buy This is a "yes, but" review of a "yes, but" sort of book. It's okayish, with flashes of brilliance and patches of ... whatever the opposite of brilliance is. I'll do the good news first. Rod Judkins clearly knows what he is talking about. He writes well. The little snippets in the book are occasionally inspiring. Most people ought to get one or two "aha!" moments when something just clicks. Good stuff. And if that is what you are looking for, then assume that this is a five star review and go buy the book. That was the "yes". Here comes the "but". The format of the book is a little weird. We get a succession of very short chapters, in no particular order, each leading up to a quote from someone famous such as Einstein or Paul McCartney. A little bit of discussion leads to the quote. The quote sort of proves the little bit of discussion. Then we are given a choice of three different continuations. We can continue on to the next section, but we are given two links to other parts of the book. For example, we might be asked to link to one chapter if we agree with the section we've just read and another chapter if we disagree. This jumping around is a funky idea, but it doesn't quite work. Once you've jumped to somewhere out of sequence, there is no easy way to get back to where you were. That's not a big problem because you can just ignore the links (as I suspect most people will do) and read the book in the conventional way. This is when we run into problems. The short chapters don't really link together. Some even contradict each other. We are told to have a tidy studio and then along comes Einstein telling us not to have a tidy desk. The author doesn't do much to try to link the ideas or draw conclusions. He is presenting us with little samples of inspiration and leaving it to us to make something of it. As far as I can tell, that's his teaching method too. He helps people to be creative by putting them in unfamiliar situations which encourages them to find their own solutions. That's a valid approach, but I was hoping for more. I was hoping for more thought about how it all joins up. It was all a bit random. There was something else that felt a bit odd. The book is all about creativity, but then each section was virtually identical in format to the one before. The links at the end of each section were innovative, even if they didn't quite work, but that was where the innovation stopped. After that it all felt a bit samey. In the end, reading the book felt like walking along a corridor in some swanky office block where there was one of those "inspirational" posters every few steps. The posters don't tell you what to do. Instead they are meant to be a little nugget of inspiration. You have to do the thinking for yourself. I suspect that the best way to read this book is in the smallest room of the house. Read a chapter at random first thing in the morning as you are performing your ablutions. There are some good bits here, but this is not as good a book as it could be.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    If you want to read a book on creative thinking, read this book. Or, don't. For things I liked about this book, turn to chapter 17829, for things I hated turn to chapter -10. I'm not sure what I expected from this book, I don't even know how it made it onto my reading list, but I guess I was hoping for less of a 'do this' and more of a 'why you should do this'. The anecdotes read like a self help book, and the chapters focus around points that are either obvious or contradict one another. If you want to read a book on creative thinking, read this book. Or, don't. For things I liked about this book, turn to chapter 17829, for things I hated turn to chapter -10. I'm not sure what I expected from this book, I don't even know how it made it onto my reading list, but I guess I was hoping for less of a 'do this' and more of a 'why you should do this'. The anecdotes read like a self help book, and the chapters focus around points that are either obvious or contradict one another.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Adeeb

    So it says here that I started this book last year, and that is completely fine. This book is not to be devoured. I read this book in chunks. Whenever I felt like I needed a boost of motivation and to clear my mind, I would read a bit of this book. This book is honestly amazing for one reason: it combines amazing stories and success stories to make a point. We've all heard about creativity, about thinking outside the box (and they are reinforced here), but the stories that you may have (or may no So it says here that I started this book last year, and that is completely fine. This book is not to be devoured. I read this book in chunks. Whenever I felt like I needed a boost of motivation and to clear my mind, I would read a bit of this book. This book is honestly amazing for one reason: it combines amazing stories and success stories to make a point. We've all heard about creativity, about thinking outside the box (and they are reinforced here), but the stories that you may have (or may not have) heard of makes this book more special. You get to learn applications of creativity and the way the author writes them makes them stick with you. I highly recommend this book. The author is obviously an expert in the field of creativity and I liked the format the author put an effort to complete. Basically one entry talks about a certain topic in creativity, and when it is finished the entry is followed by a quote that is relevant to the entry. After that, the author directs you to other entries in this book and somehow connects them together. I personally did not bother reading it in that format because I thought that it might get too confusing for me so I just read it from start to end. People who actually read it in that order might find faults but I thought that the effort was thoughtful and added value! Please read it, you will benefit from this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kilian

    This book reminded me that there's a creative person in everyone. It's filled with some great examples of successful people (musicians, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs) who used creative techniques to achieve their moments of greatness. One of my favorite chapters was about creating a 'jazz mindset'. The (short) chapter is about creating a space for improvisation, much like Miles Davis did with his jazz groups, and how leaders and organizations can learn from this mindset. Rod Judkins did a r This book reminded me that there's a creative person in everyone. It's filled with some great examples of successful people (musicians, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs) who used creative techniques to achieve their moments of greatness. One of my favorite chapters was about creating a 'jazz mindset'. The (short) chapter is about creating a space for improvisation, much like Miles Davis did with his jazz groups, and how leaders and organizations can learn from this mindset. Rod Judkins did a remarkable job finding the right stories to make his point. Truly an inspiring book for anyone seeking some creative advice in their profession or life in general.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emily W

    If you need to learn how to think outside the box, this book is a must-read. Drawing on examples of creative thinkers from all fields of work and study, The Art of Creative Thinking is divided into brief and easily digestible chapters. It also follows a format similar to a choose-your-own-adventure book, sending you between chapters in a creative way. I found lots of the stories to be engaging and inspiring, and it definitely helped me rethink the way I operate day to day. Highly recommended.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sukhamaya Swain

    The best part of the book is that though it revolves around a serious topic but each point is elaborated by many wonderful examples. Each chapter is interesting and delves into the lives of great men but the anecdotes around them are not the famous ones. An absolute un-put-down-able till the last page.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashutosh

    Quite an easy read. Most of the chapters have obvious stuffs but many chapters are quite interesting.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Phoenix

    Creativity Explored Consists of inspirational anecdotes about creative people who succeeded. The short vignettes are linked together with hypertext references to each other, but there's no organizational aid provided such as an index or table of contents and no footnotes to validate authenticity. The bibliography is of limited use in this regard. I created my own index to interesting bits and marked them with tabs. Judkins suggests that the text can be read in any order in which case reading it Creativity Explored Consists of inspirational anecdotes about creative people who succeeded. The short vignettes are linked together with hypertext references to each other, but there's no organizational aid provided such as an index or table of contents and no footnotes to validate authenticity. The bibliography is of limited use in this regard. I created my own index to interesting bits and marked them with tabs. Judkins suggests that the text can be read in any order in which case reading it linearly makes little difference. At the end are some creative exercises that are interesting to try out but it's fairly short and seems to have been just dashed off. It's a light entertaining read and while not earth shattering this sort of book is a useful prod to get out of a rut, though the advice often conflicts with itself, which is the prerogative of creativity for as Emerson once said, "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds". Some of it, like attempting medical experiments on yourself (albeit the examples used were doctors) is extremely dangerous - simply don't try this at all. Think differently, shake it up, adopt a different perspective, enjoy silence, be yourself, truly listen, find your inspiration, persevere, believe in your dream and spend time dreaming, learn from your mistakes, follow the money Some stories are personal recollections of the author, others are generally well known. No guarantees but a few are gems that are worth the price of the book. Rating: 3.5+/5.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dil Nawaz

    Note: Awesome Books Except Few lines or Articles All you can say your Daily Dose of Inspiration for creativity. If you get stuck while doing something creative try to read this book randomly from any page you will understand the whole story. This book has one or two pages of articles. Not boring but attention grabber. Here are a few notes I have taken from these books Better to think of new ideas than wasting time on old ones It’s important to avoid becoming an expert, specialist, or authority Old Note: Awesome Books Except Few lines or Articles All you can say your Daily Dose of Inspiration for creativity. If you get stuck while doing something creative try to read this book randomly from any page you will understand the whole story. This book has one or two pages of articles. Not boring but attention grabber. Here are a few notes I have taken from these books Better to think of new ideas than wasting time on old ones It’s important to avoid becoming an expert, specialist, or authority Old masters are a great source of inspiration, but we can’t ever emulate their level of skill. We have to discover our own Be the medium of your medium Don’t someone else, it’s ok to be yourself Be committed to commitment Be positive about negative Don’t think about others think about Nature is the best inspiration If you produce 100 ideas one of them is likely to be great Maturity is an advantage when it comes to creativity Attitude is more important than the ability Lack of knowledge can provide a fresh perspective Be mature enough to be childish The essential ingredient of creativity is Play Every time is the first time A goal limit your actions Don’t plan how to work, just work Creativity is like mining, we need need to dig deep to discover ourselves Try to remake something Put the right thing in the wrong place Take the advantage of disadvantage These are just a few notes I am sharing with you otherwise I have taken hundreds of notes from this book. Try to read by yourself and create something creative today. Dil Nawaz Co-Founder The Lion Studios www.thelionstudios.com (http://www.thelionstudios.com/)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nadim

    This is a difficult one to review, because it's less of a book and more of a collection of surface-level ideas. As in introduction to the irrefutably deep concept of "creativity" and what it means to be someone who embodies this concept, this book serves as a great sledgehammer to the wall of preconceived notions build around what it really means to be a creative person. That's what it did for me, at least. I see this book being given to liberal arts freshman, to either confirm or disconfirm wha This is a difficult one to review, because it's less of a book and more of a collection of surface-level ideas. As in introduction to the irrefutably deep concept of "creativity" and what it means to be someone who embodies this concept, this book serves as a great sledgehammer to the wall of preconceived notions build around what it really means to be a creative person. That's what it did for me, at least. I see this book being given to liberal arts freshman, to either confirm or disconfirm whatever it is they think they are or need to be. But this book never goes deeper than the surface level. It gives interesting examples on each idea, some standing out more than others, but these are not enough to reach the level of implementability into one's own life. Like the example on the architect behind the Guggenheim: the author tells this story with the ostensible intention of instilling the reader with a sense of I-can-do-anything-no-matter-my-background, but an analytical mind like mine finds this very hard advice to follow, let alone believe. It's a fun read, with interesting tad-bits of information, but I didn't find any lasting value in it. Probably the kind of book you'd keep in the glove box for whenever you get bored in traffic, or find yourself in the middle of a wheat field in a starry sky wondering how your life could have been different if you were more of an "artist."

  25. 5 out of 5

    Asmaa Mostafa

    This book is my new favorite! It is an amazing eyeopener, Rod Judkins flips between thinking techniques and how we're always told and taught that we might not be creative enough to how creative minds actually work and how creative ideas were actually generated. This book has a great amount of general knowledge, i loved how he moves between authors,painters,directors,sculptors,scientists, writers and business gurus. This book has got me thinking about the amount of books I haven't read yet, the amo This book is my new favorite! It is an amazing eyeopener, Rod Judkins flips between thinking techniques and how we're always told and taught that we might not be creative enough to how creative minds actually work and how creative ideas were actually generated. This book has a great amount of general knowledge, i loved how he moves between authors,painters,directors,sculptors,scientists, writers and business gurus. This book has got me thinking about the amount of books I haven't read yet, the amount of places I haven't been to and the amount of people I need to meet :) My favorite quotes: "If you're a nobody, it's not a good idea to be a difficult nobody.When you're a somebody, you can be a difficult somebody, but even then it's probably not wise" "Play is a catalyst, it boosts productivity and is vital for problem solving.Play is not taken seriously enough. You're a success in your field if you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play." "Make the most of inexperience. A beginner has a fresh perspective. The amateurish and unprofessional are open to new ideas, they'll try everything. They don't know how things should be done and nothing is wrong for them because they don't know what's right." "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I ended up where I needed to be" -Douglas Adams

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed Jaffar

    Decent. Light. Informative. Some contradicting ideas, some repititive ones. Maybe this is because of the fact that the author mentioned that the book is not meant to be read linearly. Although, it has given me a gateway to the world of Art, and can be read for this sole purpose. Many ideas were clichè, some were peculiar, and few were astonishing. I didn’t like the feel of a non-fiction book being so lightly written, this may cause some to not take the information seriously and that is exactly w Decent. Light. Informative. Some contradicting ideas, some repititive ones. Maybe this is because of the fact that the author mentioned that the book is not meant to be read linearly. Although, it has given me a gateway to the world of Art, and can be read for this sole purpose. Many ideas were clichè, some were peculiar, and few were astonishing. I didn’t like the feel of a non-fiction book being so lightly written, this may cause some to not take the information seriously and that is exactly what happened with me. Nonetheless, it didn’t require much focus nor time, can be read on a picnic with a cup of coffee just to restore the creativity within you and provide a mystical view of the world. Bravo.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Renee C

    Can I admit that I did read this front to back, in a linear fashion. A small fail in my creative thinking! I was too worried about missing chapters because I enjoyed this book thoroughly! I'd suggest anyone pick this up and they could get something out of it. The anecdotes about writers, artists, film makers and other creative thinkers are intriguing and lend to some really interesting lessons. I did also, like seeing one of my favorite Stephen King quotes in there: "Kill your darlings, kill your Can I admit that I did read this front to back, in a linear fashion. A small fail in my creative thinking! I was too worried about missing chapters because I enjoyed this book thoroughly! I'd suggest anyone pick this up and they could get something out of it. The anecdotes about writers, artists, film makers and other creative thinkers are intriguing and lend to some really interesting lessons. I did also, like seeing one of my favorite Stephen King quotes in there: "Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler's heart, kill your darlings' 4.5 stars!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anna Rasmussen

    I found this book really inspiring! It is laid out into over a hundred chapters (each one is only a couple of pages) and each chapter touches on a single idea related to creative thinking. The book is centred around anecdotes about creative people from artists to entrepreneurs and product designers as well as businesses. I would recommend this as a book to have around and pick up when you need a bit of inspiration on a project or want to reevaluate how you’re thinking. I usually like a bit of ev I found this book really inspiring! It is laid out into over a hundred chapters (each one is only a couple of pages) and each chapter touches on a single idea related to creative thinking. The book is centred around anecdotes about creative people from artists to entrepreneurs and product designers as well as businesses. I would recommend this as a book to have around and pick up when you need a bit of inspiration on a project or want to reevaluate how you’re thinking. I usually like a bit of evolutionary psychology or science in this type of book but it was quite refreshing that most of the points were made using examples and stories as opposed to references to articles.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bharath

    It's a great book to start before you regret you missed something in your life. It doesn't tell you how to think, it tells you ways to think. It tells you, maybe what you are thinking may workout and gives you a push you need to achieve that. Like the author says, you don't need to start this book from beginning. Open any page you will find something to learn and inspire. It's a table book, like a dictionary where you will find a new word everytime you open. Either you are a avid reader or not, It's a great book to start before you regret you missed something in your life. It doesn't tell you how to think, it tells you ways to think. It tells you, maybe what you are thinking may workout and gives you a push you need to achieve that. Like the author says, you don't need to start this book from beginning. Open any page you will find something to learn and inspire. It's a table book, like a dictionary where you will find a new word everytime you open. Either you are a avid reader or not, it doesn't matter, read it once and you get to know why.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mitesh

    I liked the way the author used examples to support his ideas on how people are inspired to do creative things as well as the manner in which the author busted myths related to starting up on the path of creative thinking. At some places though, it felt like the author dragged on and on just to increase the number of words in the book while he has already driven his point home. This may be one of the reasons why I took me a very long time to get through the book. Overall, I'd say this is worth a I liked the way the author used examples to support his ideas on how people are inspired to do creative things as well as the manner in which the author busted myths related to starting up on the path of creative thinking. At some places though, it felt like the author dragged on and on just to increase the number of words in the book while he has already driven his point home. This may be one of the reasons why I took me a very long time to get through the book. Overall, I'd say this is worth a read (given this is the first book I read in this genre).

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