Creativity and Luck

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for LifeSunday I took some nice pictures of vultures.  I was lucky to have driven by their tree just when I did.  If one bird hadn’t been coming in for a landing I would have driven right by not even knowing they were there.  Lucky?  Here is what Twyla Tharp says about luck.

Habitually creative people are, in E.B. White’s phrase, “prepared to be lucky.”

The key words here are “prepared” and “lucky.”  They’re inseparable.  You don’t get lucky without preparation, and there’s no sense in being prepared if you’re not open to the possibility of a glorious accident. . . . In creative endeavors luck is a skill [emphasis is Tharp’s]

On Sunday I was able to take advantage of the luck that came my way.  I was “out there” looking for photo subjects.  My equipment was ready.  I took the time to make a u-turn and the effort to take the photos.  I grabbed the luck of the moment.

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