Just finished reading this amazing book by the choreographer Twyla Tharp about creative work and constant productivity. Loved everything about it: ideas, words, style and stories. Here’re the sentences that I felt like underlining while reading the book:
— I read for growth, firmly believing that what you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.
— Habitually creative people are, in E. B. White’s phrase, “prepared to be lucky.”
— “The more I practice, the luckier I get.” – Gary Player
— Woody Allen said that eighty percent of success in show business in showing up.
— Before you approach a topic, write down twenty things you want to know about it.
— Before Edison hired a research assistant, he would invite the candidate over to his lab for a bowl of soup; if the candidate seasoned the soup before tasting it, Edison would not hire the individual. He did not want people who had built so many assumptions into their everyday lives that they assumed the soup wasn’t properly seasoned.
— After a certifiably success, I always think, “I could lose this,” and so I cling to it.
— “You can’t top pigs with pigs.” – Walt Disney [To understand this one you have to read about Disney’s huge hit “The Three Little Pigs” after which he was convinced, despite his own intuition, to produce a few sequels that were not as successful. After that, Walt Disney concluded that “You can’t top pigs with pigs” and moved on onto the next big thing, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”].
— If you choose your validators, you never have to look at them and wonder “Who died and made you God?”
— [Philip] Roth had pared his life down to the minimum number of moving parts. Near his desk he kep two small signs, one reading “Stay Put”, the other “No Optional Striving” — reminders to avoid the temptation of anything other than the five essentials: food, writing, exercise, sleep, and solitude.
Twyla Tharp, “The Creative Habit” http://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/the-creative-habit/id381532458?mt=11