Derek Sivers

Entrepreneur, programmer, avid student of life. I make useful things, and share what I learn.

Restrictions will set you free

A great book called The Listening Book had this wonderful quote:

Restrictions will set you free

Example:

Someone says, "Write me a piece of music. Anything. No restrictions. Go!"

You're stumped. The blank page syndrome.

Instead, someone says, "Write me a piece of music using only a flute, saw, and this broken toy piano. You can only use the notes D, E, and B - but never all 3 at the same time. It has to be in 3/4 time, start quiet, get loud, then get quiet by the end. Go!"

Aha! Now you're cookin'!

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