“I recently saw a Charlie Rose interview with John Lasseter, a founder of Pixar, about the creative process behind his movies. Pixar’s in-house theory is: Be wrong as fast as you can. Mistakes are an inevitable part of the creative process, so get right down to it and start making them. Even great ideas are wrecked on the road to fruition and then have to be painstakingly reconstructed. “Every Pixar film was the worst motion picture ever made at one time or another,” Lasseter said. “People don’t believe that, but it’s true. But we don’t give up on the films.””
“The president prefers to have “decision” memos delivered to him with three checkboxes at the bottom that read: agree, disagree, or “let’s discuss.””
— Limit decision fatigue: In early 2012, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza obtained hundreds of pages of White House memos that offered an intimate look into the inner-workings of President Barak Obama’s team.
“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.”
— Advice on (when not to take) advice, from Stephen King. While feedback and input are a critical form of advice, they too can warp our own ideals.