Reading through the final chapter – the Kelley Brothers give an entire overview of the book (which kind of made me think of the book as a textbook!). The following is my conclusion of the book.
Some of my favourite topics in the book include:
- Normalcy is overrated
- Empathizing with the end user is key
- The story of the engineers (Ankit and Akshay) who developed a very successful iPad app using d.school methodologies of rapid prototyping and feedback/testing cycles
- Knowing that having to deal with “your fear” is part of your #CreativeConfidence journey
- Start with an easy win when it comes to checking off your creative goals
- Surround yourself with a creative community
- Be a continous learner (take a class, listening a Ted talk, watch a lesson on Khan Academy)
- Use extracurricular activities as an opportunity to flex your creative muscle (whether that time is your lunch break, weekends or after the kids go to sleep!)
Overall, this book left a great impression on me especially as I feel that I am on my creative confidence journey and many of my own experiences were described within the book.
This book is a great read for entrepreneurs, C level employees and millennial students/new joiners to the workforce as these groups of people have strong opinions about the direction of their company/work and usually want to make a greater impact on the world. I would recommend this book to someone who feels they are not creative – but believes that the power of creativity can transform one’s task, career and or business.
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