The Creative Sprint allowed me to be inventive, forced me to think differently than I’m accustomed to in my day-to-day life, and rejuvenated an aspect of uninhibited fun that I had abandoned.
Seeing everyone else’s interpretation of each day’s challenge alleviated some of the pressure I was feeling to be perfect and go above and beyond each day. Some days it was hard to think of something. Some days it was hard to think of something new and different. Some days it was hard to fit it in and prioritize it.
One of my favorite Creative Sprint exercises was to recreate a famous work of art in your own way. I’m not sure how, but Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World” came to mind. I studied the painting in an art history class during undergrad and have seen it at the MOMA before. It’s one of those paintings that’s often described as “haunting” and seems to stay ingrained in one’s memory. I recreated the painting, with myself as the subject, in my own environment- in a “field” (i.e. grassy median) in front of my own home. There’s more allure in the original than mine, but the contrast of rural 1940s to more urban twenty-first century is a fascinating juxtaposition.
The Creative Sprint was a terrific exercise as it allowed me to tap into my creativity and devote time to channeling creative thought at least once every day for the month. It allowed me to let go of perfection and pre-conceived notions, and to interpret the exercises how I wanted to express them. Once I realized that there was no right or wrong, and embraced the materials in my immediate surroundings, I was able to formulate the stories in my own way, with my own voice.
Since the end of October, I’ve continued to look for inspiration in my environment and be encouraged by those around me. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and same-old same-old, and I’m trying to remember the creativity I tapped into during the Creative Sprint. I think I learned that anyone can be and is creative; sometimes it just requires some coaxing, repetition, and attention.
EMBA student, Finance Manager