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The Trinity of Creativity

T HROUGHOUT HISTORY, CREATIVITY has been shrouded in mystery. It is a realm only a few can access that forever shuts the rest of us out, a calling so high and noble that it is unobtainable by mere mortals. We are taught over and over that creativity is something you cannot learn. It is something you either have or don’t have. Those who have it possess some kind of other-worldly wisdom and grace that we can only wish we had.

The worst myth is that creativity relies on “inspiration.” In this view, the stars must align, and only then will inspiration strike in that special way; it’s something fleeting that ...

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