Once again, Thomas Oppong has written a fantastic piece for Medium, entitled: Genius Takes Time And Extraordinary Effort. Those in a creative field who are unfamiliar with Oppong's writing, I can't recommend him strongly enough.
This is one of the best articles I have read in a long time on creativity and the pursuit of excellence. Anyone in business for themselves or in a creative endeavor will find this useful.
A reoccurring theme-in this and many other articles like it- is the importance of maintaining a robust curiosity in the world around us.
My favorite paragraph was Picasso's response when asked whether his ideas come to him by chance or by design. It made my day to find out that I share his thought process! That's right..I think the same way Picasso did! He didn't have a clue...and neither do I-
"...Hungarian photographer Brassaï once asked Picasso whether his ideas come to him “by chance or by design,” and Picasso responded: “I don’t have a clue. Ideas are simply starting points. I can rarely set them down as they come to my mind. As soon as I start to work, others well up in my pen. To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing… When I find myself facing a blank page, that’s always going through my head. What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideas.”...."
Read the article by clicking here.