A debut motivational work encourages readers to access their full potentials via the creative process.
Most people associate creativity with a narrow group of artistic disciplines, such as painting, novel writing, or interior design. But the act of creation is far more applicable than that. “Far from pushing the topic of creating to the back of our minds, we do far better if we make understanding the way we create and make taking the steps to create better our highest priority,” writes Harrison in his introduction to this book, which aims to show readers how to best unlock this talent. The author argues that readers are always creating, in their lives and in their minds. The question is: Are they creating purposefully toward a goal or carelessly without direction? Harrison believes that readers can create their way to clarity, serenity, and success but only if they first understand how the creative mind operates. He explains the workings of the human brain and the creative process, including ways to improve creative ability while eliminating mental obstacles and behaviors that stand in the way of a person’s success. Using anecdotes, examples, and exercises, the author walks readers toward becoming better, more creative versions of themselves. When readers are thinking creatively and living insightfully, there’s no end to what can be accomplished. Harrison’s prose is clear and measured, though its heavy use of motivational vocabulary means it sometimes veers into the abstract: “When we are not present, now is not available. It is quite astounding to realize that we spend a huge amount of our lives not focusing on the now.” Chapters are well-organized, with numerous lists and instructions for those who prefer an active reading experience. By approaching self-help through the lens of creativity, the author manages to deliver a new take on this very common topic. Whether it works any better than the many other books in the genre may depend on the reader, but there is much here for those looking to maximize their potentials to ponder.
A well-presented guide based on the power of creative thinking.