Creativity Comes From Constraint

July 18, 2011   Posted by Justin Stephens

I’m currently in the early stages of development on a few new projects right now, and I can’t even put into words the storm that is brewing inside of my mind creatively. It’s like knowing that you have a big race coming up, already feeling the feelings of winning the race, but not having a car to race with quite yet.

When I start to feel stuck, anxious, and impatient like this, I’ve learned to realize that it’s usually a good thing because it means that I’m right on the edge of some sort of new discovery and process of execution on these things as long as I’m willing to push through. (A few quick trips to Barnes and Nobel throughout the week usually helps me calm the nerves in the meantime, haha.)

A few years ago while in a similar situation, I came across this quote from Biz Stone that I found on that pretty much put it all into perspective for me. “Creativity Comes From Constraint”…I always come back to this quote during these times to help me understand that what I’m feeling is OK, and that not only am I ultimately going to be able to make things happen, but that there’s a chance I might even find a better way to do it along the way as well because of it.


2 Comments to “Creativity Comes From Constraint”

  1. Colin Robinson says:

    I always find creativity when I am anxious or angry. I put it all down on paper. In my own way.

  2. I hate when I have too many ideas in my head and no outlet to express them. It’s like I just want to shout out to the world what I’m cooking in my brain… I guess the best project come with the release of all that information…

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