There is a lot of ‘science’ in embarking on creative endeavours. Creative projects include architectural design, composing songs and playing competitive football. Creativity is the essence of life. Creativity creates life.
We can get inspired from anywhere. We must get inspired to be able to create. Don’t fall into a panic situation and embrace the ‘no brainer’ cut and paste zombies…There is no need to do that, because we have the ability and the means to get inspired.
I get inspired by football. I use to be one of those who would just ‘feel’ for feeling sake. I did not use my other faculties to appreciate creative endeavours. I don’t have enough discipline and still lack in it, but I realised a lot of importance on understanding creativity. I can do my job and still be excellent without understanding creativity, if I want to. I can be a very good bureaucrat if I want to, well-versed in filing forms …etc But I decided I don’t want that kind of life.
Football is science and art. I am learning a lot about how people achieve excellence through football. The best coaches and managers read a whole lot of stuff and needs to really be good at what they are doing, to be able to maintain their teams at the highest level. Imagine the gigantic task for them to make their team consistently win at a high-level. It’s not them doing it alone. It’s creating a team that could do wonders. That is the highest level of creative endeavour.
Rafa Benitez’s quote in El Mundo 2008:
In the first place, I will let you know that my idea of good football and my concept of a good team relies on team order, balance on defence and cutting-edge on attack. To accomplish this you need players who are able to read the game well, who know when it’s time to play short or long passes, when you need to attack through the middle or down the flank, when it’s time to keep possession of the ball or when you need to start a quick counter-attack. I’m talking about real footballers, who will take advantage of their abilities to help the team win by playing as well as possible, who will be able to adapt when needed, who will try to impose their style of play, but who can also vary that style for the benefit of the team and to help it win games.
In today’s football, cutting-edge in attack is becoming more and more of a collective or tactical effort, depends more on a group of players or positioning on the pitch than on a single player. This is why a skillful player tends to draw our attention more often, but we must be able to distinguish between the skilful player and the cutting-edge player.
The first will dribble or dwell on the ball showing his technical ability; the second wins matches, is a constant threat to opposing teams and the solution for his team-mates when they can’t find their way. With a single touch he can find an open team-mate, he can find an open space when and where he should, makes an effort to do things the right way and always tries to do what will benefit his team the most. In other words, he will play good football in order to win matches, not just for show.