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9. Use Your Imagination & Creativity

Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory. Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. It is not the previously known. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.

- A. Alda
Commencement Address at Connecticut College, 1980


Creativity is a renewable resource. Be as creative as you like, as often as you like, because you can never run out!

- Twitter founder Biz Stone
Commencement Address at Babson College, 2011


Do you have the imagination to see yourself doing something truly exceptional?

- Jim Steen
Commencement Address at Kenyon College, 2011


Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fountain of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared.

- J.K. Rowling
Commencement Address at Harvard University, 2008


Never become so enamored of your own smarts that you stop signing up for life’s hard classes. Remember to keep forming hypotheses and gathering data. Keep your conclusions light and your curiosity ferocious. Keep groping in the darkness with ravenous desire.

- M. Harris-Perry
Commencement Address at Wellesley College 2013

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