Creativity, motivation, and failing well … Twyla Tharp

28 November, 2008 by 3 Comments

Please note that this video has been removed by the user … at least this is the message you get when you click the play button – no idea why this has happened.  You might enjoy some of her commentary, interviews and videos here instead.  Thanks to @PrincessJuleski on Twitter for this pointer to the Academy of Achievement website.

I have to thank Merlin Mann for this. If you don’t know his blog 43 Folders, check it out. I stumbled on this little 3 minute treasure quite by accident, thanks to being a Merlin devotee.

Over the past few years, he has sent me off on small quests that have enriched my thinking on creativity. I learned of Steven Pressfield The War of Art from Merlin. Here is a video from the estimable American dancer Twyla Tharp. She knows what she’s talking about, and she says it well.

I am reminded also of Dan Pink’s The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: the last career guide you’ll ever need.  One of the rules Johnny has to learn is to ‘make excellent mistakes.’ Tharp understands this; it’s often the way of the creative.


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3 Replies to “Creativity, motivation, and failing well … Twyla Tharp”

  1. Admin says:

    Sadly no. It has been removed by whoever uploaded it to YouTube. One of the perils of linking out from a site, I guess. I did a quick hunt around and across to Dan Pink’s blog – see his comment (above). It has been removed there as well.

  2. where says:

    video gone – any ideas where to find it?

  3. Dan Pink says:

    Great video. Thanks for flagging. (Just reposted it on the Bunko Blog). Also, The War of Art is one of my all-time faves.
    Dan Pink