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20 Questions Interview
with Ed Glassman

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10. Where has your journey taken you?

I have been a scientist and professor, an educational consultant, a creativity consultant, newspaper columnist, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, and a writer always.

I have traveled extensively as a scientist, and later as a consultant. I have a wonderful family and close friends. I live modestly so I can do the creative things I want to do. A great journey, and still moving forward.

11. What challenges have you faced?

Life is a challenge, the ultimate challenge. Passing exams and getting my Ph.D. was my greatest challenge. After that, my professorship, my consulting, my relationships: it seems that I was challenged by myself and others all along the way. And here I am. Who knew.

12. What worked for you?

Announcing to myself and a few trusted others that 'I am … (a scientist, a consultant, a teacher) from the beginning, living as though that declaration were true, and working very hard to develop the skills and tools to become successful worked well for me.

I was able to have a succession of fascinating careers and have fun along the way. And I am still doing it. After all, 'I am now a writer.'

I call this approach 'forceful goal setting.'

13. What didn't work for you?

Setting goals by declaring what I wanted to 'become,' (tepid goal setting) rather than decreeing that I 'am' that person and living that new reality (forceful goal setting).

14. What three tips can you share with those starting on a similar path?

In no particular order ...

  1. Get the highest college degree that you can. It can open new doors.
  2. Start lifelong, independent learning early. Read. Take courses. Attend workshops. Learn meditation. Keep expanding your mind. Follow your passions and interests.
  3. Exercise regularly. Get fit and stay fit. Eat for health. Control your weight. Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.
  4. Use forceful goal setting when you really mean it, not the tepid kind.
  5. Don't mention that there are more than 3 tips here. Such negativity harms creativity.

15. What are you working on now?

Another creativity book.

16. What's coming up for you in the next year?

Finishing my book

17. What else do you desire/dream to do?

Write a book with my daughter who is a leader of meditation

18. How will you make that happen?

She and I already discuss the core elements of the book.

19. What question do you want to answer that's not on this list?

What's in your book Creativity Triggers For College Students: A Frolicking Guide To Light Up Your Life?

This book brings together the modern, targeted creativity triggers that focus on the real issues within a problem and on its quality solution.

You will find three types of creativity triggers to help solve problems creatively when working alone or in groups:

  • First, creativity triggers to shift paradigms and produce unexpected ideas).
  • Second, creativity triggers that change the creative climate so new ideas flourish.
  • Third, creativity triggers to stop pigeonholing people, including yourself, so you stop stifling creative thinking.

Here's what else you will find:

  • What creativity really is and the many reasons to be creative, including the fun involved).
  • How to unblock yourself from 'writer's block' and 'idea generating block' using "automatic writing".
  • Advanced targeted creativity triggers to carry out the three key creative steps to shift paradigms and solve problems more creatively.
  • Creativity triggers for permanent creativity groups formed from students in your college.
  • Puzzles that illuminate your habits and traps that block you from unexpected, new ideas.
  • How low and high conformers approach creativity differently, and how to get along with both types (Appendices IV & V).
  • Habits that spoil creative thinking, and the triggers to avoid them.

So alter habits and apply new creativity triggers to your problems. Start making new connections from old bits & pieces in your mind, and be more successful and creative.

20. What's your Web site address?

Edward Glassman is also a prolific Creativity Portal contributor. Enjoy his creativity inspiring features here.

9/13/11