We, humans, are social animals who can figure out a way out of a maze, and go even further to learn the maze and design mazes as well. In this situation, a maze can be anything.
We always look for a way to analyze, document, and solve. We don't do it systematically but in a sense, everybody does that. So, doing things in ways we don't have any particular order, we often look for making it efficient, or easy for us, or getting there faster.
These end goals are achieved by being a little off the book and thinking about what ifs and that 'what if' is creativity.
Creativity is the ability to transcend traditional ways of thinking or acting and to develop new and original ideas, methods, or objects.
In the old days, creativity was called innovation, or discovery. If it was related to art or literature, we termed them as an imitation of nature or an original.
This term creativity gets a lot of responses when asked to define it, but in my definition, creativity is something that you enjoy doing, just for the sake of doing it.
Sometimes, you might feel that you are not creative and I can guarantee that everybody is creative. I share below a few points in my own words and a few resources that will prove that you can be creative.
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Steve Jobs has come to define creativity a little better —
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.
With this definition, creativity is interlinking different fields and different ideas to do something.
Why do we need creativity?
We as humans need creativity to survive. Survival here can mean anything from literally being in a spot where you have to save yourself or to have food on the table by working some job or to stand out from the others doing the same thing.
Apart from that, we need creativity to make our living better or at the very least easier. That is what we are programmed to do. To leave things better than we found them or at least keep doing it until something better comes off it.
So, no matter what job it is you are doing, you are creative in your way. Now, using and leveraging that creative nerve would be the second task you would have to figure out. If you think about it, the real joy of existing comes from applying creativity to things that you do.
It unlocks a new way of looking at things, it brings a sense of satisfaction in doing your job, among many other things.
Why do you think you are not creative?
The answer to this question can be based on the answer you give to this question—
Do you sometimes wish to be the 5-year-old version of yourself often?
If your answer was yes, then there are chances that you are good at many things but are scared to put them out.
Studies show that imaginative thinking in children less than 5 years of age is about +90% whereas the same thinking in adults is less than 5%.
So, what happens here is that the entire structure of industries, schools, jobs, and more are modeled to show you what to do. In the sense of a painter, they give you the frame, the colors, and the outline, and you have to fill in the colors.
This model is okay in the beginning stages, but you navigate your way to paint whatever you want in a frame of your choice and to be able to explore what you are capable of.
This constant withholding of us, and in some harsh cases belittling others who start something new lessens the creative and imaginative thinking among adults.
Even right now, the number one thing you will think of before starting something is what others think or the image of you failing.
It's not wrong to think about it, your mind is trained to do so. Hence, you think rationally and then stop.
What to do to increase the creative sparks in me?
Well, one easy way to do this is to start doing things. Don't worry about failing, don't worry about not being good, don't worry about anything else, but just do the thing you want to do.
It can be writing, painting, pottery, learning an instrument, reading, a small offline business.... and many other things. No matter what it is start doing it.
Everybody is creative. In some way, in some form, we tend to get these creative sparks that help solve the situation at that moment.
We will learn more about other methods of sparking creativity and more in the forthcoming newsletter posts, but for now, here are a few resources that emphasize that everyone is creative.
- Dr. George Land Tedx on the failure of success.
- The four C model of Creativity.
- Creative Teaching: why it matters and where to begin
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