Lessons on Creativity from Salvador Dali
It’s common for many of us to feel as if we’re in a creative rut. Long hours, travel, and monotonous daily tasks undoubtedly stifle creativity, and often it can be hard to find ways to get out of these ruts and propel our creative thinking into new gears. Thinking outside the box is an important skill for a diverse range of industries, so what can we do to get ourselves out of these unwanted lulls? We can gather inspiration from innately creative individuals. Salvador Dali, though eccentric and wild in nature, was one of the most creative thinkers to ever walk this earth.
The prolific Surrealist artists was known for using a hypnagogic nap to explore subconscious imagery that drove creativity. Aside from this unique tool, he was a smart businessman, constantly self-promoting and believe in himself, and there is much we can learn from his approach to creativity that ultimately led to his success. Invaluable created a neat visual that outlines six creative lessons on success from Salvador Dali. Check them out below:
Know no limits:
Constantly push the envelope and take risks, even if the reward doesn’t pay off, it might spark a new idea or get the attention of someone important.
Experiment, experiment, experiment:
Explore new methods nad techniques to unleash your creativity, whether it be drawing, taking a yoga class, writing thoughts down on paper, etc.
Observe and record:
Research suggests that those with strong observational skills are more creative by nature.
Embrace a sense of calm:
Sometimes you need rest to recharge your mind. A totally passive mind allows for more creative ideas to flow easily.
Set lofty goals:
Don’t just set goals you know you can achieve, reach for goals that seem unattainable. Dali attempted to join several art movements before just creating his own, signature style.
Find inspiration in yourself:
Dali was famously his biggest self-promoter. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will.
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This guest post was authored by Emma Welsh
Emma Welsh is a writer at Invaluable.com, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles. You can see more of her and her colleagues’ work on the Invaluable website.