Creative partnerships

I thought I'd share some ways on how to keep you motivated about your ideas.

Creating and realising ideas on your own can at times be a difficult job. This can be made all that much easier if you have a creative partnership. A creative partnership can be as simple as bouncing things off a mate. Here are some things worth considering to help create a motivating partnership for your ideas.

Creative partnerships work best if you meet regularly to catch up and discuss the projects that you’re working on.

Many of the greatest creators in the past have had peer groups they were involved in. Sigmund Freud had a club where fellow psychiatrists, doctors, musicologists, publishers and invited guests would meet weekly to discuss papers that they had written.


Albert Einstein was part of a group called the “Olympiads,” and as a group, they’d go hiking and camping together and discuss theories, ideas and articles they’d been working on. They would share reading lists and articles to work through and discuss, all from a range of topics including mathematics, physics, philosophy and science. They would discuss both their professional and personal lives.

Even Picasso would meet up regularly with like-minded artists to discuss art, politics and ideas. Your “catch-ups don’t have to be formal or structured get-togethers. A Sunday afternoon barbie or a drink at the pub with peers are perfect ways to chat about your project and look for advice.

Encouragement works. The more mates you have encouraging you to make your idea a reality, the easier it becomes. Just as my favourite international best selling action writer Matthew Reilly says in all his book acknowledgements, “Never underestimate the power of your encouragement.”

If you don’t think a friend will provide enough motivation for you, then consider a mentor. Even great creators have had mentors. Sigmund Freud had a number of mentors in various disciplines who challenged him with problems, and offered strategies to deal with them, as did Igor Stravinsky, perhaps the most creative musical composer in the 20th century.

Many creators who did not have face-to-face mentors found solace in inspirational books. Yet while books can be inspirational, they’re unwilling to give you feedback and advice on your ideas.

Whether you’re on the verge of a big breakthrough or simply need some guidance, the power of a mentor is the ability to bounce an idea off them. Someone who can tell us with credibility that an idea is right on track or challenge us to refine the idea.

Do this:
Identify who your mentor is at the moment. If you don’t have one, what sort of mentor are you looking for and where will you find them? Write down your ideal qualities in a mentor. Now go out and find one.



Nils Vesk

Founder of Ideas with Legs | Innovation speaker | consultant | author

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