To create, a person must…

The Paradoxes of Creativity posted on Google+ by creativity expert Roger Von Oech which state that to create, a person must:

  • Have knowledge but forget the knowledge.
  • See unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder.
  • Work hard but spend time doing nothing.
  • Create many ideas yet most of them are useless.
  • Look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different.
  • Desire success but learn how to fail.
  • Be persistent but not stubborn.
  • Listen to experts but know how to disregard them.
  • Understand that rules are important, and yet break them constantly.
  • Understand that good ideas must be relevant, yet constantly be thinking about irrelevancies.
  • In order to live a life of abundance, be free from desire for abundance.
  • Truth has many faces. Yesterday’s Truth can be today’s Untruth. And this is true.
  • Develop a sophisticated eye, but learn to see like a child.
  • For good ideas to come, you must be in control and yet not in control. You must try hard yet hardly try.
  • To create a person must reject conventions yet work within them.