Paradoxes of Creativity


To create, a person must have knowledge but be able to think naively,

must be able to make the familiar unfamiliar,

must be able to make the unfamiliar familiar,

must expect the unexpected,

must look at the same thing as everyone else but see something different,

must make connections between dissimilar things without being mentally disturbed,

must be aware of experts but know how to ignore them,

must work hard but spend time doing nothing,

must learn how to fail in order to succeed,

must create many ideas with most of them bad,

must be certain about uncertainty,

must fantasize while still have rooted sense of reality,

must be confident while afflicted by self doubt.


For insights into creative thinking go to Michael Michalko’s blog CreativeThinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work at





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