“The example I like to give is back in the days of Roman numerals, basic multiplication was considered this incredibly technical concept that only official mathematicians could handle,” he continues. “But then once Arabic numerals came around, you could actually do arithmetic on paper, and we found that 7-year-olds can understand multiplication. It’s not that multiplication itself was difficult. It was just that the representation of numbers — the interface — was wrong.”
If you’re more creative in the morning, create a morning routine that allows that creativity to rise up and turn into something awesome. Use the rest of the day to get uncreative work done. If you want to be awesome, create a routine that prioritizes your creativity. Let the other demands of life play second fiddle. At the very least, carve out your uncreative time for the more mundane demands of life. Whatever you do, don’t let other people’s priorities disrupt too much of your creative time.
Here’s an expression I hate: don’t reinvent the wheel. The wheel needed to be reinvented, otherwise we’d still be riding on stone wheels. If you train yourself to see everything as a stone wheel you will always be ready to reinvent something important that will improve the lives of many people. These people will have no other choice but to nominate you to the ranks of the fucking awesome.