Architecture of Your Creativity (GWTW486)

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of taking a quote that captures your imagination and thinking deeply about what it means. In today’s episode of Getting Work To Work, I’m going to explore a quote from physicist Freeman Dyson that I read in Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book, Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. If you haven’t read the book, it’s a fascinating analysis of creativity based upon interviews with prolific individuals.

Quote from Freeman Dyson: “…if you don’t have a clear architecture in mind then the thing won’t end up being any good.”

Four areas I will explore and unpack in this quote:

  1. The architect
  2. The architecture of the thing
  3. What I think Dyson means by “in mind”
  4. Quality

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