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Unleash your creative streak

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

Looking for the perfect conditions to unleash your creative hot streak? A study in Nature found that artists, directors and scientists are more likely have a hot streak (a burst of high-impact works clustered together in close succession) by doing two key things.

1. Exploration: Engaging in a period of exploration, trying different genres, format, styles, ideas and methods

2. Exploitation: Focussing their creativity in one area, honing their craft and developing their expertise

Both those conditions need to be met, which means you're less likely to hit a creative gold mine if you specialise too early, but likewise you'll need to focus on one area to exploit what you've learnt.

Read the original study, 'Understanding the onset of hot streaks across artistic, cultural, and scientific careers here,

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