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  • Juanita Molano Parra

Lessons in Creativity from the World's Most Famous Band

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The past few weeks, I’ve been focused on creativity, teams and co-creation. All key things in any organization. And all things I personally find quite challenging.

Maybe that’s why I’m a solopreneur. 🤔

As it often happens, the insights I personally needed came from a different realm – The Beatles Get Back.

Disney released a 3-part documentary about their 1970 album Let It Be and their last ever live performance.

Two quick caveats:

  1. I like The Beatles but am not a dedicated fan. So pardon me if you’re a big fan and I mess some things up.

  2. The series is 8+ hours long, so it's a commitment.

The footage is a unique opportunity to see The Beatles as human. For me they’ve been larger-than-life icons. Seeing their day-to-day – with its ordinary events, the goofiness of friends gathering and the struggles of partnerships – re-humanized them.

The time and energy required to create their masterpiece was a reminder to be in process.’ Often, when I’m creating something new I get impatient. Obsessed with seeing results now. And I forget that any project – whether it’s art, business or self-love – requires time, energy and dedication. Just like Let It Be.

I saw how the band members interacted with one another. I admired their teamwork and co-creativity. The patience and presence required to integrate ideas from people across the team. The commitment to regroup over and over again – even after disagreements. The difference fun, flow and connection have in creation. And the need for self-care in creating a space that encourages it.

I’m still distilling all I got from the movie, but for now, I’m looking for new ways to approach creativity like the Beatles.

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