In spring 2019, we ran a pilot study of our first workshop, Mastering the Art of Failing Forward, at the Stanford Online High School, a learning community of diverse, intellectually passionate students from around the world.
Research shows pushing the boundaries and taking chances is where the greatest learning and discoveries occur.
Most people think of craft in glowing terms, like it’s all about flow and spontaneity. But weaving is slow, hard, technical work. To succeed as a weaver—just as in any craft—you've got to love every bit of creative the process.
Work needs to be fun. And that includes making toys!
Keep high quality work examples close at hand to inspire you to greatness. .
Being a craftsman means you’ve never paid your dues: you’ve got to earn your way each day, by improving, innovating and delivering your best work.
By regularly spending time studying poorly executed work, it helps you turn a critical eye to your own creative process.
If you don’t care enough about your work to want to master it, then you’re doing the wrong thing.
When you’re thinking of improving inefficient practices, proceed with caution: the pursuit of efficiency can sap the charm and meaning from your work.
People usually don’t worry about their work practices until things grind to halt. But the time to study your methods is when things are going well, so that you can identify the habits and processes that inspire your best work.
Creative people follow careful routines. They come up with the pattern for sleeping, eating, socializing and working that best supports their work, and then stick with it. What should be your routine?