Creativity, Inc.

Why do our best ideas often come to us in the shower?

Creativity is a funny thing. Creative people are at the heart of technological innovation, whether it’s science, engineering, or finding the right music to energize your workout. Ancient cultures saw inspiration as a gift from the gods, a literal bolt from the blue. That’s why Homer and Hesiod start their great works with a prayer to the Muse. But creativity is a disciplined process as well, where people have to exercise their craft and the focus on the nuts and bolts of writing, drawing, or coding. Which is it?

Increasingly, scientists who study the creative process believe that it’s both. Often focusing hard on a problem yields nothing but frustration, while going for a walk in the woods may only give new insight into tree roots and birds’ songs. It’s in the transition times, between work and play, that people frequently get their “aha” moments. It helps to be in a good mood, to be engaged in a routine task like bathing or doing the dishes, and to have your mind primed with fresh content. But then, especially if you’re a little tired, the pieces can come together.

Setting up the proper conditions for original ideas is like arranging lightning rods for your brain. But in order to get that jolt of mental energy, the weather still has to cooperate.

Douglas R. Tengdin, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

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Mr. Tengdin is the Chief Investment Officer at Charter Trust Company and author of “The Global Market Update”. The audio version of each post can be heard on radio stations throughout New England every weekday. Mr. Tengdin graduated from Dartmouth College, Magna Cum Laude. He received his Master of Arts from Trinity Divinity School, Magna Cum Laude and received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1992. Mr. Tengdin has been managing investment portfolios for over 30 years, working for Bank of Boston, State Street Global Advisors, Citibank – Tunisia, and Banknorth Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Tengdin has emphasized helping clients manage their financial risks in difficult environments where they can profit from investing in diverse assets in diverse settings. - Leave a comment if you have any questions—I read them all! - And Follow me on Twitter @GlobalMarketUpd

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