Creativity and Personal Mastery
Description: This is a course on "creativity", about the human mind and its immense
potential and how you can harness it to achieve your own ends and whether those ends
are worth achieving. To reach any major goal you will probably need the help of others,
so we will study leadership and the qualities of a leader. Most of all, this course
is designed to help you discover your unique purpose for existence. At the very least
it will get you started on this quest. The exercises prescribed are drawn from varied
disciplines and many have their roots in different ancient traditions. These exercises
produce results and have been used and refined by such eminently hard-nosed bodies
as the United States Armed Forces and trainers of Olympic athletes. The course also
deals explicitly with issues such as developing personal values, ethics, integrity
and achieving mastery. A particular focus is the understanding and resolving of conflicts
between personal values and workplace actions.
Objectives: The course has four principal objectives:
1) To expose you to a wide variety of techniques and exercises that have been found
to be helpful in sparking the creative process; to help you select those that best
fit your personality and apply them to many different business and personal situations.
2) To help you discover your "purpose in life", the grand design that gives meaning
to all of your activities; to help you find that to which you can enthusiastically
devote the rest of your life. When you are moved by deep inner conviction is when
you have the greatest opportunity to sway others, in short to become a "leader".
3) To show you how you can mobilize resources to reach your goals most efficiently.
There is a non-linear relationship between "work" and "results". Immense exertion
can produce little outcome and, at other times, a little effort can yield a huge
payoff. If you have an open mind you can learn to create serendipitous opportunities.
4) To enable you to find and achieve the balance in life that is right for you. Stress
levels are rising in our society across all ages and occupations. It little profits
you to achieve any goal if you are a nervous wreck during or after. There are always
tradeoffs between accomplishments and price paid but they are not necessarily obvious.
It is important to learn how to strive mightily while remaining serene.
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