During my inspiration workshops people often note that the most inspiring book they have read is Antoine de Saint Exupery´s
Little Prince. It´s a deep story made simple. It encourages us to challenge our assumptions and bring more creativity into our lives.
If you haven´t read it or you simply want to refresh your memory, then you can also
read the “Little Prince” online.
Share your opinion: which book has inspired you the most?
I´ll start with some of the books and lessons that have had a great positive impact of my life:
most important resource is not time, it is energy.Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz: “The Power of Full Engagement”
Automate your work and live your life the way you really want to.Timothy Ferriss: “4 Hour Workweek”
Focus your energy on what you want in your life. And that´s what you get in your life. The law of attraction.
Rhonda Byrne: “The Secret”
It´s not about what happened, it´s not about what will happen.
It´s about what you are experiencing now. Being in the now – wow.
Eckhart Tolle: “The Power of Now”
Achieve the state of
being totally committed to the work at hand. Let it flow.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: “Flow – The Psychology of Optimal Experience”
Back to you: peek at your bookshelf and share the name of your favorite book.
I worked my way through youtube and other video streaming websites seeking for the best videos on creativity. Here are the results:
Where do good ideas come from?
Steven Johnson unravels a story of idea generation.
VIDEO The surprising truth about what motivates us
Dan Pink invites us to discover 3 key components that shape our actions.
VIDEO Tony Buzan on how to improve your creative thinking
Am I creative? How the brain works? How to think out of the box?
VIDEO Edward De Bono on creative thinking
Is every novel idea creative? Provides a good framework for understanding creativity.
VIDEO Tim Brown: The powerful link between creativity and play
Good involving lecture on creativity with many practical examples. Make sure you do all the excercises he asks you to 😉
Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
Entertaining and profoundly moving speech on creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
VIDEO What happens if we ignore creativity?
How can you encourage a child? Use your imagination.
Have you seen any other good videos on creativity that are publicly available? Let everyone know by adding their links as comments.
We possess a
powerful tool – the internet connection. All the secrets, knowledge and perhaps even the truth can be found in there. But the main question is:” What do you type in after starting your web-browser?”.
I´ll make it easier for you – all the best stuff about creativity can be found using these
links on creativity.
Use online tools and creativity techniques to ignite your thinking
www.mycoted.com/Category:Creativity_Techniques – large database of creativity techniques.
www.creax.com – big database of creativity links.
www.virtualsalt.com/crebook2.htm – creative thinking techniques and about creativity.
www.infinn.com/innovationhouse.html – tools for creative thinking.
www.creatingminds.org/ – creativity tools, techniques and methods.
www.thinksmart.com/ – creativity tests and entrepreneurial creativity.
www.kennieting.com/mousebrains/ – very cool tool for developing advertisements.
www.gocreate.com/tools/ – loads of creativity tools.
www.thinkature.com/ – thinking visually online.
www.mindmeister.com – team mindmapping online.
100 Excellent Online Tools to Feed Your Creativity Get inspired by great thinkers
www.ted.com – Ideas worth spreading.
www.poptech.org – leaders of thought on making the world a better place.
www.dailyroutines.typepad.com/daily_routines/ – how artists, writers and other creative people organize their daily activities.
sethgodin.typepad.com/ – Seth Godin´s marketing blog.
www.einsteinpicasso.com/7.html – Big link database on creativity and innovation compiled by Peter Fisk.
www.wisdomquotes.com/cat_creativity.html – quotes on creativity. Use connections and search-engines
www.soople.com – searching from different mediums.
www.slideshare.net – PowerPoint slides online.
www.visualthesaurus.com – displays connections between words.
www.kartoo.com – visual search engine.
www.pdf-search-engine.com – find pdf documents. Get inspired by pictures
www.panimages.org – search engine that is independent from search-engines.
www.worth1000.com – Pictures with a little Photoshop touch
www.adsoftheworld.com – good ads.
www.quasimondo.com/tagnautica.php – animated Flickr photo search.
www.creativity-online.com/ – digital creativity, advertisement and design.
FFFFound image bookmarking – browse through bookmarked pictures. Investigate what is happening at idea contests and idea-banks
www.moreinspiration.com – interesting innovations for inspiring you.
www.inewidea.com – inventions and innovative products.
www.designboom.com – industrial design competitions.
www.globalideasbank.org – global ideas bank.
www.halfbakery.com – ideas to be developed further.
www.dellideastorm.com – Dell getting ideas for product development.
www.inventnow.org – for young inventors.
www.fastcompany.com/100 – 100 most creative people in business. Peek in the blogs
www.blogsearch.google.com – search from blogs.
www.technorati.com – blog network. Use checklists
www.7ideas.be/7-letters-van-scamper.html – 700 idea stimulators for product development. Keep your eye on trends
www.trendwatching.com – trends in world.
www.trendhunter.com – differentiating trends. Give the right fuel for your brain
20 Super Brain Foods
Any good links missing? Let us know by adding them as comments.