Comfort and creativity – part of why I am compelled to explore, create, repeat

From Explore, Create, Repeat – an interview with Marco Cibola

I think it’s very important to never stop learning. There’s a tendency, especially when I’m busy and working for clients, to just become a machine that churns out work that builds a portfolio of clones. There’s a certain comfort and security with repeating what you know and giving the client what they expect. But it can also get boring and unsatisfying. It can feel stagnant. I think that curiosity and going into the unknown is what makes work interesting. I love problem solving, but not when I’ve already solved the problem.

Modifications in brackets made by me, practicing “association” as an innovation skill, and hypothetically creating a riffed quote for myself:

I think it’s very important to never stop learning. There’s a tendency, especially when [we’re] busy and working [in the ambitious school-calendar cycles], to just become a machine that churns out work that builds a portfolio of clones. There’s a certain comfort and security with repeating what you know and giving the [student(s)] what they expect. But it can also get boring and unsatisfying. It can feel stagnant. I think that curiosity and going into the unknown is what makes [school and learning and education] interesting. I love problem solving, but not when [we’ve] already solved the problem.

3 thoughts on “Comfort and creativity – part of why I am compelled to explore, create, repeat

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  2. Hindu mythology is founded on the trinity of the Creator, the Preserver, and the Destroyer (the last is not negative as viewed in modern Western language). Organizations, like each of us individuals, need aspects of all three of these to thrive. From a young age we are disabused of the idea that we can create; destruction is imagined as a negative; so most of us end up as preservers…the machine of the status quo. What if we spent more time with young children and our teaching adults gaining comfort with the powerful nature of this trinity?

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