Creativity -- the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.
I'm Frank, the creator and webmaster for this website, and all the websites in the BeMoreCreative.com family. These websites have evolved from my personal interest in quotations and using them to encourage people to think, live and work more creatively.
In 1986 I wanted to make a Christmas gift calendar for my wife using Print Shop and my Apple //GS computer. I decided to make a weekly calendar with a motherly/homey quotation at the top of each page. Browsing through a copy of "The Shorter Bartlett's Familiar Quotations" I became intrigued with quotations about creativity.
I soon amassed several thousand quotations, and began reading more about the creative process. I was intrigued by books like "A Whack on the Side of The Head: How to Unlock Your Mind for Innovation" by Roger Von Oech. However, it was in reading his sequel entitled "A Kick in the Seat of the Pants" that I made a creative connection that my collection of quotations could be used to illustrate components of the creativity process.
After more research, including "Pathfinders" by Gail Sheehy, I adopted a creative process, called Creative Quotations, based on five steps/components -- Foraging, Reflecting, Adopting, Nurturing, and Knuckling Down. Those five terms, while admittedly a bit out of the ordinary, spell FRANK. This has become my way to personalize the creative process. In fact, I credit my ten years of survival s a project manager in Africa in part to my personalization of the creative process, and its application to project management.
Several years later, the Internet provided a way to share my quotation collection to a broader audience. via CreativeQuotations.com and BeMoreCreative.com. That also eventually led to the creation of this website where quotations on a selected topic are combined with links for purchasing products related to that topic. The CreativeHardwareStore.com, for example, was inspired by the quotation that "Anyone can look for history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store." --Robert Wieder.
I invite you to browse this website while "thinking, working and living more creatively." And please keep on the lookout for connections along the way that may inspire your personal creativity!