to be creative

I hope everyone will decide to take control of their lives, to reach inside themselves, to explore who they are and what they have, and learn to use those inner powers. Not for success, not to be seen; that's not important. What is important is that you fulfill your own personal need to keep growing.

Examine yourself and how you work. Get used to the pattern by which things come up in your mind and in your imagination. Find out when and at what times of the day you work best and what motivates you. Is it anger or serenity? Do you want to prove someone else wrong? What sort of inner needs do you fulfill?

Ken Bain, What the Best College Students Do