"Aha! is a joyful, upbeat survey of ideas for enhancing creativity. Jordan Ayan's enthusiasm is hard to resist, and every reader will find personally suitable strategies. Aha! is an inspiring yet practical guidebook for freeing the creative spirit."
Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
"A delightful romp through the rich and complicated field of creativity. Ayan's Aha! is bound to make the reader's thinking more interesting and original."
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, ph.d., author of Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience
"The future belongs to those who create it. Jordan Ayan's exceptional book will show you how to create yours by providing the keys to unlock your great ideas."
Daniel Burrus, author of Technotrends and a leading technology forecaster
Behind every successful venture, there's a great idea. If you haven't found your great idea yet, or if you've always thought you "just weren't the creative type," Jordan Ayan's accessible and entertaining book will give you the confidence to listen to your own creative spirit and to find the breakthrough you've been waiting for. Based on the notion that creativity is a life skill that must be continually cultivated, Ayan offers ten strategies for finding and harnessing inspirationwherever and whenever it occurs. His mini workshops will show you how travel, reading, the arts, new technology, journaling, and more can form the basic building blocks of a more creative and rewarding life.
In a competitive society, where cost control is a primary factor in the corporate environment, workers need more and more creative strategies to survive. Ayan, the founder and president of his own company and a frequent motivational speaker, points out that creativity is a learned, not an inborn, trait and that the majority of us have the potential to be creative, though we lose it as we enter elementary school. Further thwarting our creativity in adulthood is stress. Ayan embraces here both traditional techniques and new ways to fuel creativity, for example, using new technology (he adds his web site with links to related topics). This "how-to" book with miniworkshops and exercises to spark the imagination includes reading lists after each chapter. Ayan gives credit to some of his favorite works, including Mihaly Csikszentimihalyi's Creativity (LJ 6/15/96) and John Kao's Jamming (LJ 7/96). A valuable source; recommended for public libraries.Bellinda Wise, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.