Abraham Lincoln

01/08/12

Felling the Oak

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Abraham Lincoln once said “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” While I doubt Honest Abe was thinking of the creative process when he said this, he nonetheless described quite precisely the single greatest asset any creative production can leverage - preparation. It’s funny, because when people imagine fantastic creativity, the image conjured is someone erupting like a volcano with passions and ideas, inspirations and whim.  The notion of a mad-scientist-type creative person is pervasive, and is perhaps perpetuated by people who enjoy the illusion that creativity is something inborn and god given, not something that is labored over, like the chopping down READ MORE