John Cleese on Creativity

Not many people seem to know that aside from his more famous activities, Cleese has been involved in the field of business training/motivation for the last 30 years through his Video Arts production firm and other ventures. I mention that just in case you might be wondering what he was doing speaking at the CWF2008 conference in Antwerp last month.

“To know how good you are at something requires the same skills as it does to be good at that thing. Which means that if you’re absolutely hopeless at something, you lack exactly the skills that you need to know that you’re absolutely hopeless at it.” I’m not sure if the logic of that statement really holds together, but it certainly does explain a lot of things in life.