Mitchell and Haroun quote Elmer Bischoff’s four principles for creativity as:
“1. Work hard.
2. Take chances.
3. Respect the validity of your own imagery.
4. Accept the struggle of the creative process.”
This philosophy acknowledges the need for courage and self-assuredness. My personal experiences in my creative efforts certainly have demonstrated to me the need for self-confidence without arrogance and the willingness to overcome our innate resistance to change. The enemy of creativity is the inertia of spirit that gives each of us pause and doubt. Each of us must summon our courage to overcome that inertia.
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