Frog with arms crossed and "No" written above his headRead a great article recently from Kevin Ashton, which really is an excerpt from his new book, “How to Fly a Horse  —  The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery.” In it, he talks about how the most successful people say, “no” and they say it all the time. One of the key points was reframing creativity: Creativity isn’t how much time something takes, but how much it costs.  It is consuming. It is sacrifice. It is giving up time with family, with friends, with this interesting project, or that television show.

“Time is the raw material of creation. Wipe away the magic and myth of creating and all that remains is work: the work of becoming expert through study and practice, the work of finding solutions to problems and problems with those solutions, the work of trial and error, the work of thinking and perfecting, the work of creating.

“Saying “no” has more creative power than ideas, insights and talent combined. No guards time, the thread from which we weave our creations. The math of time is simple: you have less than you think and need more than you know.”

So…how often do YOU say “No?”


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About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.