Every creative journey begins with a problem. It starts with a feeling of frustration, the dull ache of not being able to find the answer. We have worked hard, but we have hit the wall. We have no idea what to do next. It often at the point of give up, after we have stopped searching for answers, the answer often arrives. And when solution does appear, it shocks us. All of sudden, the answer to the problem that seemed so daunting becomes incredibly obvious. We curse ourselves for not seeing it sooner.

When we tell one another stories of success, we tend to leave out this phase of creative process. We forget to mention those days when we want to quit, when we believed that our problems are impossible to solve. Instead, we skip to the breakthrough. We tell the happy endings first.

Creativity as viewed by Jonah Lehrer (Author of "How we Decide " and Imagine")