Let the Elephants Run

Let the Elephants Run

Unlock your Creativity and Change Everything

Book - 2015
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A musician, entrepreneur and desirable keynote speaker describes how to tap into and nurture creativity by treating it as a learnable skill that can be practiced and mastered.

Perseus Publishing

Creativity is in everyone’s DNA, not a select few. We all start our lives as creative beings but for many that spark becomes lost over time. How do we jump-start this process as adults? What does it means to be a creative person? How do we follow through with our ideas and turn them into tangible outcomes?

Award-winning musician and founder of CloudID Creativity Lab David Usher believes we just need the right tools to help us reconnect with our imaginations in our day-to-day lives whether in the head office, the home office, or the artist’s studio. Usher empowers readers to achieve more “aha” moments through two cornerstone principles of creativity: freedom and structure. Using a mix of personal anecdotes and professional examples from the worlds of industry, technology, science, music, and art, he shows us that creativity is not magic; it is a learnable skill that any person or business can master. The dynamic full-colour design includes photographs, artwork and illustrations, as well as action pages to help readers start cultivating the habit of documenting their ideas for future execution.

Based on Usher’s wildly popular speaking engagements, Let the Elephants Run is the essential guidebook to reigniting and nurturing our creativity in accessible and productive ways.

Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, c2015
ISBN: 9781770898684
Branch Call Number: 153.35 USH
Characteristics: 227 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,23 cm.


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Sep 08, 2017

A readable and very creatively laid out book about the creative process. Usher describes how he works, namely very hard. He makes extensive notes all the time and might have parts of 100 songs of which 14 make his final album. He says rules are important for everyday living otherwise we'd live in chaos, but for creative work the rules have to be suspended. He shows how to constantly switch things up - even sleep on the "wrong" side of the bed, try a different medium, etc. to let creativity flow. He talks quite movingly about the inevitability of failure and how so much depends on your reaction to it. His celebrity and obvious humanity (charitable work) make this an interesting read. You can't argue with this combination of caring and success.

May 16, 2016

This was a really enjoyable read, with lots of thoughtful insights and practical tips to develop your creativity.

Apr 22, 2016

I loved this book! I would describe it like a visually interesting self-help book on creativity without too many words. A great starter book for someone who wants to delve into their more creative side. It's important to note that the author describes creativity as part of every day life regardless of what you do for a living. Also, being a fan of his music, it was great to read about his personal experiences.

K_ROK Apr 17, 2016

I thought this was a great book for 'shaking the dust off' if one hasn't been creative in a while. It didn't take long to get through, a fast read for sure but some good stuff inside to get the creativity flowing. Also a cool insight to how David Usher gets creative.

CatherineG_1 Mar 25, 2016

Loved this book! As Usher states in the book, we all can get stuck in the rut of everyday living. Small steps can help us realize our creative self. Usher's book gives you a plan to start your creative path from beginning to end.
He includes worksheets as well as links to his music.
The bibliography at the end includes books and articles that are well worth a read, on their own.

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