So I’m just leaving my driveway now for a, uh, walk a bit chill here in Queensland, uh, this morning, but I’ve been, uh, meaning to do a podcast. In fact, I’ve started a bunch of podcasts over the last 10 years. Um, and so this is yet another, uh, attempt because, uh, one of the main ways that. Learn things is, uh, audio.
So I, um, have walked a lot over the years, um, while, uh, building my coaching business and, um, Obviously walking lends itself very well to either being read to by audio books or listening to podcasts. So, um, I’ve done a lot of that and what’s, uh, very unusual is that I’ve never had my own, uh, podcast, uh, despite the fact that the kind of thing that I do is, would expect me to, uh, and.
I’ve kind of never got around to it, I think because I’ve not made it easy for myself. Uh, yeah, because I’m such an avid, uh, podcast listener. I’ve sort just over complicated things and I want it to be there, so I want it to be that. Um, so as recently I’ve, uh, kind of fallen off the walking, um, Habit. I saw what better way to motivate myself to do both of these things that I want to do.
And I’m not doing, uh, recording podcasts and walking by doing the both at the same time. Um, so what I’m going to be talking about in, uh, this, uh, podcast is essentially. To creative process, um, creativity itself, uh, how I believe that almost any resistance or struggle or pain or suffering related to making things.
Uh, Springs from not knowing how it works, really. Um, I think, is it Carl Sagan or maybe it was Arthur, C Clark, or maybe it was as him off. I don’t know. Um, but one someone like that said. Any sufficiently advanced technology seems like magic. I’ve completely birded that. And I’ve got no, no idea who said it, but essentially, you know what I take from that?
One of the things that I take from that is if you don’t understand something, you are gonna think you are gonna start ascribing, you know, just the way the human mind works. You you’re probably gonna start ascribing various things about it, to. Yeah, the equivalent of magic. Um, you are gonna start, you know, uh, thinking that it’s due to something which.
You either can’t control or that is, uh, external to you, or it’s almost like we end up believing things that aren’t true because we dunno how else to explain it. so in nice part, my, uh, life, my entire life has really come from one experience really that I remember very clearly. It’s one of my earliest, uh, memories, which was sitting down at the piano and playing these exercises called H.
Uh, which are our finger exercises that my piano teacher gave me. I started the piano at. And, um, and they’re very, very boring. I mean, just like up and down, that kind of thing. And I distinctly remember with the, particularly with these kinds of exercises sitting down and playing them and then losing myself in some way.
And then coming out the other end, hang on a minute. Did I actually just do ? Did I actually just do that? And, um, then my mom, who would, would always be the one that would tell me to do my piano practice every day. Um, my mom, uh, saying, well, you did that better than you’ve ever done it before on the occasions at which I lost.
Where, where I don’t actually, it’s almost like I was in another state. Now, if you’ve, uh, done anything in your life where you’ve kind of lost track of time and have just yet you recognize that experience, you you’ll know what I’m really talking about is flow the experience of flow and, um, What was interesting to me, probably not back then.
Um, I mean, at that point, yeah, I was very little, um, but it was just something I noticed like, Ooh. Um, uh, but ever since then, what has fascinated me is that what, how can the same person doing the same thing? one minute, just like, do the, do their best work in whatever way without thinking about it without it’s almost like without them being involved, that’s what it feels like.
And then on other occasions, struggle, do their worst work, no matter how hard they try. Um, and that question has. Delighted surprised, shocked, haunted, um, me over the years and is what largely my coaching business has been about because I refuse to believe that it is magic. I, I refuse to believe that there isn’t a set of explanations and I also refuse to believe that it it’s not okay to have incomplete.
And in some ways incorrect explanations. Uh, from my perspective, it’s better to have an incomplete and therefore, uh, in some way, incorrect explanation than it has to have no explanation and just saying, oh, you know, a wizard did it or, you know, oh, it’s yeah, it’s just magical. You know, sh you shouldn’t go there.
You know, you you’ll you’ll break it. rubbish. of course you won’t break it. You, you you’re destroying its magic by knowing what it is. You know, the more I have, uh, learned and understood about creativity, the human mind creative process, the more magical it feels, even though I know it’s not magic and. So in these, uh, walks, uh, that you’re gonna take with me, I’m going to be talking about the creative process.
Now I am a musician. Um, but I mean, I’m also a coach and I do a lot of writing related to that. Um, and also I’ve been, uh, building various different kinds of businesses. One was an artist, uh, business. I have an artist business, uh, right now, and, but also a, uh, music artist that is, and, uh, also a coaching business, which is in itself a creative act, um, fact.
A business where you deliver value to other people, um, is one of the most creative things that you can do. And it was very, very surprising to me when I, um, about how long ago was it now? About 10, 12 years ago, something like that. Um, stopped making music for a while. Two focused on my coaching business.
I’m back making music again now. Um, and one of my friends said to me, I don’t understand how you can just stop being creative like that. It’s like, it caught me short. I didn’t quite know what to say. I’m not often lost for words, but I didn’t really say anything. Cause I was like, whoa, what . Um, and you know, what I realized was that if your, um, definition of creativity is music or art or drawing or sculpture, if that’s what you mean by being creative or, or, or, you know, or even writing.
Then quite frankly, you’re wrong. that is not creativity. You know, often when people say I’m not a creative person, but then they go and do plumbing. Yeah. Or, or they’re an electrician electrician, I’ll say to them. Yes you are. you’re doing, you’re being creative in solving the problems that you’re solving right there.
Yeah. I, I remember there was a, a session I did and I was talking. The scientific process. And, uh, I think one of the people, uh, who joined it was a free thing. So it was someone who, you know, wasn’t aware of what we do and, you know, he was like, yeah, but you know, science, isn’t creativity. And I was like, what you kidding me?
uh, hello. Uh, and I think, you know, right there is. Another of the things that I want to, uh, address and talk about, because one of the number one barriers to human beings being as creative as they could, the human race really, um, solving the problems that they could is the inappropriate siloing of subject.
Matter of information, um, to. Yeah, well, creativity, you know, uh, creativity is the realm of, uh, artists and, uh, writers and musicians , um, and business and science and sports and plumbing. Aren’t that is just wrong. That is, I understand where it comes from. I get it. I believed it for many years, but it’s wrong.
Human beings. What, what makes a human different to an animal? Even a very intelligent animal, as far as we know. Um, and obviously I can’t be certain about anything, but, but as far as we know what makes a human being different to, um, an animal, is that a human being. Creates what hasn’t existed before, something in, uh, scare quotes new.
Um, so for instance, you know, that you can probably hear the bird singing in the, uh, background. That bird singing is creating music in a sense. Uh, but is it music? It’s music? It, it has, uh, the quality of music to it. It’s, tuneful it’s melodic, but is it actually creating something new? Well, in the sense that no, you know, no bird has literally made that precise, um, bird call, right?
Uh, that it’s making that point where yes, it is creating something new, but it’s. Creating in the sense of solving a problem, doing something differently. It’s, it’s following a preexisting program of which it isn’t of its own creation and really what makes humans different is their ability to, for there to be something that isn’t there, something that’s not even been thought of.
and to use the environment, the resources, the preexisting, uh, stuff that’s come before to reconfigure those things into something that hasn’t been seen or heard, uh, before. And for me, that really defines who, who we are as a whole, whether you are a. Uh, a dentist, a musician, a business owner, a a, a sports person, any of these, uh, any of these, um, areas, scientists, any of these areas require human creativity.
Um, and I’ve seen it time. And again, When you recognize what the creative process actually is, what creativity is and start to understand how it works. It unlocks the universe to you and to your family and to your friends and to everyone else. Because how I use my music in my life is as. Um, little micro experiment, a a little testing ground for me to problem solve and then take into other areas of my life.
In fact, I do it kind of music. Isn’t the only, uh, place I do that. So for instance, if I solve a business problem, I will be asking myself, well, how does this apply to, uh, my music? Yeah. What, what does this teach me about? A problem. I have in my music. Similarly, if I have, you know, some friction with my wife, uh, how can I, and actually sometimes I get in trouble cuz she goes, stop coaching me.
so, but you know, how can I use what I’ve just learned in solving the problem with the base end on that? How can this apply to the, the, yeah. Animated discussion I’m having with my wife right now. So that’s. Really how I see the world by understanding what creativity is, what the creative process is, how we solve problems, how we make something, uh, out of nothing.
And. Literally taking nothing off the, the table in terms of what is relevant and what is irrelevant. Um, by doing that, I am convinced I’m sure I know that every problem that we have, uh, as a human race, Soluble, um, that as long as what we’re trying to do, doesn’t defy the laws of physics, the laws of the universe.
Then we can, uh, solve absolutely everything. Maybe not right now, but certainly each of us can contribute. To doing that to move humankind. Um, and I would hope, uh, at least, uh, you know, the natural world take the natural world with us rather than destroying it. Um, we can move humankind, uh, to a much better future.