Creativity’s Unlikely Personality Traits

W HEN I WAS a kid, I worked for a coffee delivery service in Hollywood. On the surface this may seem like a glamorous job, but like most jobs that seem glamorous, it was anything but. Sure, there were trips to movie sets and television stages and I got to meet a celebrity or two on one of the coffee and doughnut drop-offs, but by and large it was nonglamorous delivery service work. There were the early mornings for starters, including the 4 a.m. doughnut pickups so they would be fresh for the 6 a.m. drop-offs. There was the endless washing of coffeepots with scouring pads and soap. It took ...

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