Constraints

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No composer would present his orchestra with a blank scoresheet and expect them to play - not even John Cage.*

Creativity requires constraints. The blank sheet of paper numbs imagination.

  • “Thinking outside the box”

  • “Pushing the envelope”

  • “Pushing boundaries”

  • “Bending/stretching/breaking/re-writing the rules”

If you want the creativity, you have to create constraints people can work from.

Discipline makes daring possible.

*Cage’s box was for the audience, not the orchestra.