Fuel Your Creativity

“Food is fuel and not a solution to anything other than giving your body nutrients. I love chocolate like the next girl, but it’s not going to change my situation.”

Gabrielle Reece

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘nutrition’? You’re likely thinking of food. Perhaps a plate of overcooked broccoli, or a morning protein smoothie. There’s also another type of nutrients I think quite a lot about, and that’s creative nutrition.

Creative nutrition is the fuel that energizes your work.

What are the micro-nutrients — the vitamins, minerals, water, etc. — that will fuel and grow our creativity?

Or in other words, what are the inputs that increases our skills and output?

Am I only creatively ‘eating’ chocolate and candy? Am I getting the nutrients I need in order to thrive creatively?

Just like our grandmother’s used to say, “Garbage in, garbage out”. Quality in quality out. Life is rarely this black and white, but it does simplify an insightful idea: The more quality of inputs we consume and surround ourselves with, the more likely we will be influenced and changed by those high quality inputs. If ‘we are the sum of the five people we spend the most time with’, then it also makes since that we are also the sum of the inputs we spend the most time on.

Our inputs will be different depending on our craft, but they will have a similar taste to them. If you are pursuing filmmaking, then you watching the classics, watching your favorite directors as well as viewing their work with a directors eye will influence you and spark your own ideas.

But great ideas can come from anywhere, not just in the category of creativity you fall in.

Surround yourself with all types of great work.

Follow your curiosity. Read great books on history, math and anatomy. Watch top rated TED talks and take notes. Find high-quality podcasts with interesting conversations and perspectives.

Ideas spark other ideas, no matter the origin.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #726

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