Skateboarding Legend Rodney Mullen on Creativity and Innovation

Individual Creativity

Everyone expects me to do certain things. It puts a ceiling on your progress. You’re blocked by your pride. To get good, you have to throw your board around and fall.

Rodney Mullen (B.1966) is widely regarded as one of the most important skateboarders of all time. In fact most of the tricks you see people doing on their boards in the streets today were invented by Rodney. For instance, he was the first to “Ollie”, which is a basic trick where the skater jumps up with his board seemingly attached to his feet.  Rodney was the first to do a lot of things in the sport of skateboarding and is still contributing to it. To do truly original things no one in history has thought of or done before takes a unique creative perspective that very few people have. His perspective may come from being a kind of skateboarding savant, or simply from his hard work, fearless creativity and discipline. Regardless, he has some really interesting things to say about creativity.  Even if you’re not into skateboarding, there is a ton to learn here from Rodney that you could apply in your domain.   Recently, Rodney was asked by the Smithsonian Lemelson Center For the Study Of Invention and Innovation to speak about creativity and innovation.  The video below is of him schooling the Smithsonian. Enjoy.

 

Also check out the Bones Brigade documentary

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