02/11/2021 09:22 PM | Click to read full article
Albert Einstein in the early 1900s. Aretha Franklin in the 1960s. Steve Jobs in the 2000s. There are certain spans of time when scientists, artists, and inventors have phenomenal periods of productivity.
Aren’t there periods when you feel like you’re effortlessly flourishing at work, while other times you feel incompetent and uninspired? The Northwestern University economist Dashun Wang calls these special bursts of creativity “hot streaks.”