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 →