How to be a creative genius do you want to be inspired by? Who’s ideas do you want to build upon?

Personally I want to learn from the most creative people who ever lived.

So I’m going to study them, starting with Pablo Picasso (or to give you his full name: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Mara de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santsima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruiz y Picasso).

Can geniuses be made?

Once I’ve extracted and shared Picasso’s creative ways, then I’ll study another creative genius. And another. And see what they have in common.


—I believe we’re all creative. I believe there are ways to cultivate creativity.

—I want to be as creative as possible, and I want the world around me to be as creative as possible. So if I can inspire others to be creative it will inspire me. A beautiful cycle.

—I don’t believe in talent. At least not to the level that “talented” people are eulogised.

Here’s my rant on talent:

If you’re 8 foot tall you have an advantage as a Basketball player. But that’s not talent, it’s a physical attribute. It just makes you a bit better that your peers, and therefor you enjoy it and play more. The more you play the better you get. And if you’re lucky to have the right circumstances and the single-minded drive to succeed, then people will say you’re talented ‘baller.

There’s no physical attributes required to be a world-class creative. It’s all brain, and doing.

Is there a brain equivalent of being 8 foot tall? A gene that pre-disposes us to creativity? Maybe. But I’d argue that, unlike our physical height, our brains are trainable. Creativity muscles.

/End rant.

The point is creativity can be developed. Pay attention to what geniuses like Picasso do and you’re likely pick up techniques that increase your creative output.

(Disclaimer: becoming a genius may be pushing it, sorry 😆).

Creative lessons from the best

What can we learn from Picasso, how did he become a world-class creative? What inspired him? How hard did he work? When did he work? Did he even class art and creativity as work? Did everything he touch turn to gold, or did he have off days? How did he get out of a creative funk? Did he have creative funck’s? How much of his creative lifestyle is down to circumstance?

I’m spending a year finding answers and publishing my findings on Twitter.
Follow me on Twitter and learn the creative tips, tricks and habits of Pablo Diego José Francisco … Picasso.