Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi once wrote to famous creators asking them to be interviewed for a book he was writing. One of the most interesting things about his project was how many people said “no.” In order to be creative, many explained, it was vital they said no to any request that would take away from their time spent creating. “One of the secrets of productivity...is to have a VERY BIG waste paper basket to take care of ALL invitations such as yours — productivity in my experience consists of NOT doing anything that helps the work of other people..." To be creative, you must wholly dedicate yourself to that endeavor. So if you're pursuing art or otherwise, become comfortable saying 'no,' do it liberally, and then take note of your creative output when you allow yourself space to thrive. Report back in the comments below.
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