Inspiration Wednesday: Explore ways to make your creativity explode.

by Sam Harrison

Ray Bradbury, who died last year at the age of 92, is a creative hero of mine. I devoted a page to him in my first book, ZING!, and I often refer to him in my creativity talks and workshops.

Bradbury created more than 500 published works – short stories, novels, stage plays, screenplays, TV scripts, poetry, you name it. How did he manage such prolific creativity? By forever feeding his hungry mind with childlike exploration.

In a New York Times piece, writer Maria Popova remembered a time Bradbury was asked which moment of his life had been the best. “Every single moment of my life has been incredible,” he said. “I’ve loved it. I’ve savored it. It’s been beautiful, because I’ve remained a boy.”

He once told writer Jack Foster that he had read a short story, an essay and a poem every day since childhood. “If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines and music, “ he said, “you will automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful.

“You remain invested [in being childlike] by exploding every day. You don’t worry about the future, you don’t worry about the past – you just explode.”

How will you keep your curiosity childlike in 2013? What will you explore this year? What fuel will help explode your creativity each and every day?

Sam Harrison provides talks and workshops on selling ideas and presentation skills, as well as on other creativity-related topics. He’s the author of “IdeaSelling: Successfully pitch your great ideas to bosses, clients and other decision makers,” “IdeaSpotting: How to find your next great idea” and “Zing! Five steps and 101 tips for creativity on command.” Find Sam at

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