A crucible is a container where substances are heated to high temperatures, melted and combined to create something new.
Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, has a rule for writing jokes. Humour is all about the punch-line. Adams tries out several punchlines for a joke on himself. As he reads them out, he notices how each one of them make him feel. With the right punch line, he would chuckle inside. And he would know it.
World-class performers identify the slightest ripples within their own selves. A great singer can deliver a virtuoso performance even if she cannot hear her own voice on stage. Through years of practice, she knows how the notes feel as they leave her. A sensitive writer is more inspired by a walk around his neighbourhood than the average tourist making a trip across Europe.
By being in touch with their sensitivity, artists transform themselves into crucibles of creation.
Inspiration: The art of learning – Josh Waitzkin