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Personal growth: Eric Hoffer on the essentials of creativity September 22, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Personal Development and Creativity, The Creative Process.
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Eric Hoffer writes that “…tinkering and playing, and the fascination with the nonessential were a chief source of the inventiveness which enabled man to prevail over better-equipped and more purposeful animals.”

He describes earliest “man” as “the only lighthearted being in a deadly serious universe,” a universe whose other living creatures were driven by a “grim purposefulness.”

Hoffer takes this further in his frequent assertion that the essential driver of human creativity is playfulness rather than high purpose.

“It is a juvenile notion that a society needs a lofty purpose and a shining vision to achieve much…one must be ignorant of the creative process to look for a close correspondence between motive and achievement in the world of thought and imagination,” he states.

If Hoffer is right, it makes one wonder then, if being overly serious and having excessively lofty goals in our artistic/creative efforts could actually be hampering our inventiveness, originality, and overall creativity.

Note: Quotations are from Hoffer’s book, Reflections on the Human Condition

– Dennis Mellersh


Personal growth: Creative writing tips from a renowned author September 18, 2017

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If your self-improvement program includes improving your creative writing skills, try using adverbs and adjectives less frequently and “let the verbs do the work.”

This is one of a number of excellent writing tips given by renowned author David Cornwall, better known by his pen name, John le Carré , during an interview with the CBS News program 60 Minutes.

The interview was conducted by well-known 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft.

If for some reason you are unable to access the videos, the accompanying article on the 60 Minutes website summarizes the tips by quoting le Carré.

Here’s the link if you are interested in pursuing this further:


Even if creative writing is not a major goal of your personal growth program the act of writing can improve your overall communications skills, provide a sense of creative accomplishment,   and refresh your mind for other aspects of your self-actualization process.

Writing down your thoughts can be an important tool for self-discovery.

– Dennis Mellersh