Quote of the Week: Creativity and Frustration

Postcard from Pablo Picasso to Jean Cocteau

“Every creative journey begins with a problem. It starts with a feeling of frustration, the dull ache of not being able to find the answer. When we tell one another stories about creativity, we tend to leave out this phase of the creative process. We neglect to mention those days when we wanted to quit, when we believed that our problems were impossible to solve. Instead, we skip straight to the breakthroughs. The danger of telling this narrative is that the feeling of frustration – the act of being stumped – is an essential part of the creative process.”

– Jonah Lehrer (from article ‘The Neuroscience of Bob Dylan”)

So, what are you frustrated with this week?

P.S. Jonah Lehrer’s “The Neuroscience of Bob Dylan” is a FASCINATING article. I highly recommend it!

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