Mastering Creativity by James Clear – A Book Review in 500 Words

Quick summary of Mastering Creativity

No matter how creative we currently perceive ourselves to be, even if we don’t consider ourselves to be naturally creative… There are certain attributes we can adopt and techniques which we can apply to make bring out our creativity!

What do the most creative people on the planet do to continually produce excellent pieces of work? Is it luck? A stroke of genius brought about by randomness? Well according to James Clear and the research he’s compiled together to form this book, it isn’t.

To really master creativity, it’s about making it a consistent habit and creating as much work as we can.

My 3 favourite quotes from this book

“In three years, I must have failed a thousand times, but each failure brought me closer to what I needed to write, and for that, I’m grateful” – Markus Zusak

“No single act will uncover more creative powers than forcing yourself to create consistently” – James Clear

“If you want to make a masterpiece, you have to be willing to create a little garbage along the way” – James Clear

Actionable insights I gained from Mastering Creativity

I’ve learnt what the routines are of some of the most creative people on the planet that have ever lived and how I can emulate their routines to bring out my own creativity.

Creativity doesn’t just have to be something that happens every now and then, we can make creativity a consistent habit.

In order to create good pieces of work, we must continually create and get through the bad to find the good. I’ve learnt to not be put off by producing ‘not-so-good’ (crap) pieces of work and just continue on until I produce decent pieces. If we let that stop us, we’ll never produce good pieces.

To make what we do really good, it’s required that we give it our fullest attention and devote a serious amount of time and energy to it on a consistent basis.

Something new I learnt from this book is called the equal odds rule. Basically w have an equal chance of creating something rubbish as we have with creating something good.

We can’t predict what will be our best, most successful work. So we should create as much work as we possibly can and this will leave us with more opportunities to produce something powerful and meaningful. It really is a game of numbers.

I myself would normally write whenever I felt inspired to do so. Just like many of us do… whenever we have motivation. But I found this to be a bit problematic as I wasn’t sticking to a consistent schedule. That’s what happens when we rely on motivation alone, it’s never consistent.

James Clear on the other hand, is very consistent. He writes (Not sure if he still does this) twice a week on the same days consistently throughout the year. I have decided to create a writing schedule where I write every day and publish 2 posts on Tuesdays and Fridays. The goods news is I’m actually sticking to a schedule and I prefer it this way. Thanks for the advice James!

If we rely on whether we’re in the mood to create, then creating things won’t happen very often. Keeping to a strict schedule will have the opposite effect.

This is currently available as a free 36 page e-book which James has kindly gave me the permission to pass this on to others. Get it for free here.


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Lawrence Gregory

Hi I'm Lawrence. I write about what has helped me heal/recover from high anxiety and panic attacks. Everything I share here comes from personal experience and what I've learnt from others. I write with honesty and with readers in mind, so you'll never see me share something I haven't had any experience with myself.

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