Coffee and Creativity

When it comes to coffee preferences, there are numerous possibilities. Your latte, half sweet with a hint of hazelnut. Your Americano, strong, bold and flavourful. Your Espresso, small, tasty, and with a good kick of caffeine. Like anything in life, it is our differences that truly set us apart, right down to the details of coffee.

What made us think of all our differences? That would be the 1991 Lecture by John Cleese, of Monty Python fame.

He asks the confounding questions, how do you become creative?  Or how can you make your life more creative? According to John Cleese, these five factors play a role:

      1. Space – “You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.” So seal yourself off from the outside world to really think.
      2. Time – “It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”  So create an oasis of time and space to devote to your creativity.
      3. Time – “Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.” Dwell on the problem as long as possible to really create an innovative solution. Be okay with not knowing until the right idea occurs
      4. Confidence – “Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.” To be creative is to experiment. Be okay with the wrong idea. The right idea may come up amongst the wrong.
      5. Humour  – “The main evolutionary significance of humour is that is gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.” Giggle all you want in your creative oasis of time and space. You may reach the creative mindset sooner than you think, as laughter leads to relaxation.

But in the end, much like our coffee choices, each person will take a different approach to creativity. And at Take Five Café, we celebrate these differences approaches every day. Take Five minutes out of your day today and really think, what makes me different? The answers may surprise you.

Happy coffee drinking and creative thinking.

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