I can’t draw. Never have been able to. The best thing I can manifest on paper is a smiley face.
Because of my complete lack of ability in this area, it makes perfect sense that I am astonished by people in the visual arts. Making something look like what they see in the real world and in their mind is, in all sincerity, beyond my comprehension. It’s like magic to me.
I earned even more respect for artists, and even found a bit of kinship between us, after I read Creative, Inc. by Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar.
I picked up the book (aka downloaded to my Kindle app on my iPad) because I had been in a creative drought. The subtitle, “Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration,” made me think that it was a book about creativity. It turned out to be so much more than that.
The book definitely touches on creativity – mostly in one chapter, “The Unmade Future,” where he shares the different mental models his artists and executives have about the creative process. (An excellent chapter!)
Creative, Inc. is actually a book about management, leadership, and communication – with a sprinkle of creative insights. It is one of the best books on management I have read.
(I sing the praises about Catmull’s book in my article for Entrepreneur Magazine here.)
What I love about Catmull’s approach is that there are no absolutes. As you know from my previous article about the dangerous advice with universals, I am highly skeptical of anyone who touts quick and easy fixes to wildly complicated problems. Catmull thankfully avoids this common management book trap.
BECAUSE OF HIS BOOK, I HAVE FOUND A NEW CONNECTION BETWEEN ARTISTS AND MASTER INFLUENCERS
It’s no surprise that artists have a different perspective when they look at objects compared to the rest of us. Understanding that difference is where the real magic happens.… Continue Reading