What do war and creativity have in common?

Elissa Freeman on taking action

I am currently reading The Art of War, a classic ancient Chinese text by Sun Tzu. Have you ever read it?

I am reading it through the lens of creativity and the business side of the arts, and I am curious to see if these perspectives intersect.

Sun Tzu says, “…we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been associated with long delays… while speed may sometimes be injudicious, tardiness can never be anything but foolish”. Chang Yu says, “So long as victory can be attained, stupid haste is preferable to clever dilatoriness”. 

I understand this to mean TAKE ACTION. Doing so can make a world of a difference in our creative lives. There is at least one thing that each of us could begin to take action about, whether that means setting aside time to create, promoting our creations, entering a competition, having a show or asking to receive payment for our work.

I know that I personally need to take action by setting the dates for this year’s workshops.

In what way do you need to take action?

I encourage your comments, sharing and healthy debate.


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