Jonah Lehrer: The Origins of Creative Insight & Why You Need Grit

“The answer will only arrive after we stop looking for it,” says bestselling author Jonah Lehrer. Examining recent research into what drives creative insights, Lehrer breaks down how and why we have “aha!” moments, using examples that range from Bob Dylan writing “Like A Rolling Stone” to a Tibetan monk’s zen puzzle-solving powers. 

But insight isn’t everything. Those who achieve great things in the long-term also have another important quality: Grit, a single-minded persistence that helps them keep their eye on the prize and pushing ever-forward even when the “aha!” moments aren’t around.

About Jonah Lehrer
Jonah Lehrer is Contributing Editor at Wired and the author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist. His new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, was released in March 2012. He is also a frequent contributor to The New Yorkerand Radiolab and writes the “Head Case” column for The Wall Street Journal.

 

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One response to “Jonah Lehrer: The Origins of Creative Insight & Why You Need Grit”

  1. Christoph says :

    OK, this puts a different spin on it:http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/07/30/author-jonah-lehrer-admits-making-up-bob-dylan-quotes/You live and die by the sword I guess. How could he expect to get away with that??

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