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10 Habits of Successful Creative People: How to change your mind and build creative confidence

Creativity is not a gift exclusive to artists and designers. It is in fact a skill everyone can learn, including people who see themselves as analytical. In this talk I will share 10 habits of successful creative people and real-life examples of how these have led to successful outcomes in the business, design and technology world. Inspired by the book "Change your mind" by Rod Judkins.

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10 Habits of Successful Creative People: How to change your mind and build creative confidence

  1. 10habits of successful creative people by Yuan Wang Creative Director, Yump
  2. 1 You are what you think you are. Andy Warhol
  3. “How can you call this art?” they say. “You can’t paint as well as what’s his name… and your model isn’t as pretty to begin with.” Andy Warhol Leading figure of 1950s Pop Art
  4. The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is US$105 million for 1963’s Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)
  5. “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sylvia Plath
  6. 2 Question everything, everywhere, forever. Charles Darwin
  7. Everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Steve Jobs
  8. 3If you can’t find a way, make one. Claude Monet
  9. After being repeatedly rejected by France’s official art show, the Salon de Paris, the Impressionists staged the first of their own exhibitions in 1874. Despite early public ridicule, their style was eventually adopted by mainstream Salon art by the 1890s.
  10. Reel Online Presentations Axe Website Feedback Verify Design Surveys Solidify Prototype Testing Strike Tasks List Chop Code Feedback Influence Design Presentations Notable Interface Feedback Foundation Responsive Front-end Framework Do you know that besides Foundation, Zurb also makes other products, apps and tools to solve their own design problems?
  11. 4Don’t leave ideas in your head. Leonardo Da Vinci
  12. Leonardo Da Vinci perfected the art of sketching in the 15th century. His sketchbooks contained brilliant inventions, ideas and discoveries.
  13. From ideas to prototypes, sketch them all out.
  14. Waterproof Notepads $15.00
  15. 5 Create your environment. Pablo Picasso
  16. “The whole studio seemed to be bristling with Picasso’s. All the bits of wood and frames had become like his pictures.” Vanessa Bell after visiting Picasso’s studio in 1914
  17. This is the house used by Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook team in the summer of 2004. You don’t need expensive fitouts to make your environment creative and stimulating for innovative thinking.
  18. 6 Join forces and be a force. Lennon & McCartney
  19. Successful partnerships Larry Page + Sergey BrinPierre Omidyar + Jeffrey Skoll Ben Cohen + Jerry Greenfield Evan Willams + Biz Stone Steve Jobs + Steve Wozniak John Lennon + Paul McCartney
  20. 7Be AUDACIOUS. Ruslan Kogan
  21. Only a big, crazy idea can shatter the status quo. The best businesses do things in a way that no one has ever done before. Ruslan Kogan, Founder of
  22. 8 Creat chance because chance creates.
  23. Things discovered by chance
  24. 9Simplify, then simplify more. Steve Jobs
  25. That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains. Steve Jobs
  26. 10Make it happen.
  27. It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. Scott Belsky, Co-founder of Behance Thinking big is an absolute waste of time if you’re not going to execute on your ideas. Ruslan Kogan, Founder of
  28. Let’s connect @yuanwangtweetsTHANKS