Intentional Restraint

When it comes to creativity, it’s common for people to equate it with the idea of abundance—an abundance of materials, time, and other resources is easily seen as an effective prompter of fresh ideas and innovative solutions. An artist given a wealth of art supplies and provisions must be in wonderland, possessing the highest chances of turning out a uniquely crafted masterpiece. That’s often what we want, even in this book!

A chef provided with a huge variety of the best ingredients is imagined as having everything needed to churn out an inspired dish. The prevalent idea is that the more that is loaded into the creative’s arsenal, the better the output will be. The more ideas and freedom, the better your chance to generate a solution to your problems.

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