Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Imagineering Workout ~ Update 8 Creativity is Learning!

The Imagineering Workout ~ Update 8

Creativity is Learning!

“If you feel awkward, uncomfortable and a bit foolish, you might be

on the edge of a creative breakthrough or learning something new.”

Ginnie Gallo

Assistant Librarian,

Information Research Center,

Creative Development

After reading this page in the book I started to think about when I’m learning something new. At first I’m frustrated and want to give up. I start to think I’ll never get “it”.

Being creative is being a lifelong learner/student. You need to commit to learning to create. You will always have something new to learn if you wish to continue to develop new talents or even expand old ones.

It does not matter if it is a new computer program, filing system or management structure to work with. You will have plenty to learn.

I have found I love the Klutz books. I remember reading “Juggling for the Complete Klutz” and laughing as I tried to learn. What got me the most were steps 1-3.

Step 1 in learning to Juggle.

Take two juggling balls and toss them on the floor.

Step 2

Pick juggling balls up off of floor.

Step 3

Repeat steps 1 and 2 100 times or until it no longer bothers you to pick the juggling balls up off of the floor. By then you will be used to dropping the balls.

This is freeing!! It is giving you the permission to . . . FAIL until you learn. It reminds you that to become good at anything you first have to try and yes fail!!

Here is the exercise from the book to find out if you are a ready to sustain your learner status.

To find your learner status, write your full name on a piece of paper with our normal writing hand, and then write your full name with your other hand (your nondominate hand). Pay attention to how easily you can write the first signature and what effort it took to produce the second one. When writing with your other hand, ask yourself; what does it feel like (frustrating, silly, fun)? How long does it take? Does it require concentration? How is this like learning or creating?

This can also help you to remember how it feels to learn and to see things from a different point of view.

If you wish to follow along and read the book for yourself here is the information:

The Imagineering Workout

By The Disney Imagineers

ISBN 078685554-1

It is available at

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