I like taking time off to think. I read once, in an interview with George Soros, that he spends a considerable amount of time just thinking. Today, having even a little time to think is a luxury. I try to indulge in this luxury as frequently as I can. Ideally, one hour per day. There’s enormous pleasure in drawing or writing on little notebooks. I have many personal projects that I have started and that are slowly coming to life. One of the secrets to happiness is finding time to be creative –about anything really- and being able to express yourself artistically or developing your favorite skills, whichever they may be. At least that’s how I find my inspiration.
Inspiration -and creativity- is just asking the right questions, hard work, and knowing where to find things. Creative people are constantly processing information. The only secret is being hungry about everything and having the desire to create, build or produce things. Creativity is the product of curiosity and some of the best creativity is the result of team work. Most creative minds need interaction with other people and a constant input of information to thrive.
Many believe great artists like Picasso are usually lone geniuses. They are not. They are frequently very social. Picasso’s creativity was not only raw talent, but also exchange of ideas. There was not only competition, but also complicity, between Picasso and Lautrec, Matisse, Degas, Ingres and Derain. Cubism was born out of their interactions. They would frequently borrow each other’s paintings and try to come up with something new. It was a fluent conversation.