When adult ADHD looks something like ‘flow’

From Science of Us: Writers, entre­pre­neurs, and creative leaders of all types know that intense focus that happens when you’re “in the zone”: You’re feeling empow­ered, produc­tive, and engaged. Psychol­o­gists might call this flow, the expe­ri­ence of zeroing in so closely on some activity that you lose your­self in it. And this immer­sive state, as it turns out, also happens to be some­thing that some adults with ADHD commonly expe­ri­ence. · Go to When adult ADHD looks some­thing like ‘flow’ →

Do you have a “jazz” mindset or a “classical” mindset?

From 99u: There’s a reason jazz wasn’t taught at the New England Conser­va­tory before Gunther Schuller arrived in the 1960s. Artists are protec­tive of their work, and clas­sical musi­cians are no excep­tion; many faculty members at the renowned Boston insti­tu­tion didn’t want the whims of jazz impro­visers to “sully” their canon. The tradi­tion­al­ists there believed in an unam­biguous divide between the realms of clas­sical and jazz—both for them­selves, and for posterity. But Gunther Schuller, who passed away on June 21 of this year, wasn’t having it. · Go to Do you have a “jazz” mindset or a “clas­sical” mindset? →

Future you: The owner’s manual

From Change This: Over the next few years, you will expe­ri­ence up to 100 trans­for­ma­tive moments every year. 100 moments yearly that may or may not deter­mine the future, but will most certainly reveal your future. Your future reveals itself only after you choose how you will face every disrup­tion and oppor­tu­nity that comes your way.

What goes into your choices — your beliefs, uncon­scious biases, values and emotions — drives every situ­a­tion as much as any disrup­tion that is thrown at you. The future is personal. · Go to Future you: The owner’s manual →

The messy minds of creative people

From Scien­tific Amer­ican: The creative process — from the first drop of paint on the canvas to the art exhi­bi­tion — involves a mix of emotions, drives, skills, and behav­iors. It’d be mirac­u­lous if these emotions, traits and behav­iors didn’t often conflict with each other during the creative process, creating inner and outer tension. Indeed, creative people are often seen as weird, odd, and eccen­tric. · Go to The messy minds of creative people →

Thinking our way out of the darkness

From Angie McArthur and Dr. Dawna Markova at Change This: The most signif­i­cant gift our species brings to the world is our capacity to think. The most signif­i­cant danger our species brings to the world is our inability to think with those who think differ­ently. It is clear that to stay compet­i­tive in our global economy, we must learn how to think collab­o­ra­tively and inno­v­a­tively. But if you have ever sat through a mind-numbing meeting or tried to influ­ence a colleague’s view on a project or had a recur­ring argu­ment with a family member or strug­gled to partic­i­pate in a commu­nity project, you have recog­nized that most of us actu­ally don’t know how to think well together.

We take for granted that intel­li­gence occurs within our own minds. We don’t realize that it also occurs between us. What keeps us from tapping into that intel­li­gence and commu­ni­cating effec­tively is that most of us don’t know how to think with people who think differ­ently than we do. We habit­u­ally misread people and there­fore miscom­mu­ni­cate with them. · Go to Thinking our way out of the dark­ness →

Stop trying to be creative

From Five Thirty Eight: An algo­rithm for creativity shows that creativity can’t be reduced to an algo­rithm. Christie Aschwanden explains how to over­come writer’s block and why robots walk furthest when programmed not to walk far, but to do novel things over and over. The lesson for aspiring creatives: set fewer goals, seek more novelty. · Go to Stop trying to be creative →

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Brian Grazer: A Curious Mind

Throughout his long career, Brian Grazer has made a side­line prac­tice of infor­mally inter­viewing intriguing people from all walks of life. “For 35 years, I’ve been tracking down people about whom I was curious and asking if I could sit down with them for an hour,” he explains. These conver­sa­tions, and the moti­va­tions behind them, are explored in Grazer’s new book “A Curious Mind.” In it, the authors discuss the depths and poten­tial of curiosity and share the expe­ri­ences Grazer has had sitting down with Barack Obama, Michael Jackson, Norman Mailer, Andy Warhol, Isaac Asimov and count­less others.

Whether these conver­sa­tions, and the human subjects involved, were hopeful, scary, inspiring, coura­geous, covert or comical, they were always illu­mi­nating; and Grazer hopes the book will spur others to begin asking more ques­tions. “Curiosity isn’t just imper­ti­nent, it’s insur­gent,” he says. “It’s revo­lu­tionary.” · Go to Brian Grazer: A Curious Mind →