I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction and poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it.
—Stephen King, On Writing
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity.
—Steve Jobs, Wired Magazine, February 1995
(He was 40.)
You know what to do.
Sit down in your thinking chair and think, think, think.
—Steve Burns, Blue’s Clues.
(Will be 40 in October.)