Dennis Wong’s CreativeMornings activity
Anxiety has taught me a very, very hard lesson: that if you don't design the life you want, the world will do it for you.
The idea that these higher order functions grow out of us as emotions, as feelings, is really sort of a beautiful thing. That curiosity could be as emotive as exhuberance or joy.
You need to carve out time to think. I schedule an hour a day, turn off the phone, put your computer on airplane mode, and just be curious. What can you wonder about?
If you find pieces of wonderful things, put them close to you, so they can give you ideas, so they can start feeding you in every moment in your workspace.
Curiosity is also about ideation, investigation, even if it means scrolling through Facebook at 4 am.
Sometimes, you really need to go off the grid.
It's so important to take ourselves out of our box and to start testing theories, especially in situations that we're not used to.
I don't think we often honor the journey that immigrants take to America with traits that are positive, right? We tend to honor the desperation and the difficulty, but we don't often ascribe the kind of positive agency that is authentic to their experience.
I'm interested in the idea that somehow we've convinced ourselves that the best way to answer questions is to think our way through them rather than to feel our way through them, to physically engage our way through them.
Say "death" out loud...we need to get over the fear and the language and have meaningful conversations while we can.
Funerals are a lot like weddings. Two big factors: one is sad. one is not. But, weddings you have a year to plan—funerals you have three days.
We need to recognize that anything can happen...and when you think like that, you tend to find more joy in the moment, in daily life.
It always seems too early until it's too late...have conversations now.
Who's got diaries? Not me anymore!
It's important to not view things just as once off instances.
So, don't leave your mess behind...do your family a favor, clean out the stuff!
What I have learned about making good images is that I’ve made a shit ton of bad images. But if I didn’t make that bad work, I wouldn’t know what good work was.
It's not about that one brush stroke, it's the whole combination of all of them together that makes up the artwork.
You have to be the boss of what's right.
Sometimes we really get too caught up in the labour of what we're doing.