For creative people, life these days is not as easy as it used to be. Earlier, people used to do whatever they did for a long time and that would be good enough. People would be creative for once in their lifetime and then celebrate their reward for the rest of their life. But now, doing whatever you do or told to do is not enough, people want something new and exciting every day. The shelf life of a master piece was a lifetime or even more.
But the times have changed now and the word ‘Creativity’ has a new meaning all together. Be it on the professional front or personal front, with internet and technology no idea is unique enough someone somewhere might have seen something like that. And yet I see something new and mind-blowing everyday around me or at the internet. The pressure that is put on folks these days on being creative is immense, the competition around is so much that excelling in the industry becomes extremely difficult. One can either feel low that why this idea didn’t strike him first or feel motivated that so much is yet to explore and scope for creativity is endless.
The only solution to survive increasing competition is to fight back with even more creative ideas and outputs. Easier said than done it takes a lot of breaking of conventional ways to really become a creative thinker. In reality, creativity cannot be taught nor can it be achieved through a step by step procedure. The whole point of being creative is being able to break the rules and come up with something valuable. Creativity cannot be driven by data, stats or mathematical equations. It is an irony that today’s technical world cannot appreciate anything without statistics and mathematical data even if in reality they would not understand a bit of it. Even though, most of the major contributions in human civilization were results of accidental experiments.
Very interestingly, intelligence has very little to do with creativity. It seems that the cognitive processes that underlie creativity are not the kind tapped in the typical “IQ test.” Mednick (1962) theorized that creativity requires the capacity to generate remote associations that can connect entirely disparate ideas. A four layer model is what we have today that tries to define creativity somewhat.
• Mini-c (“transformative learning” involving “personally meaningful interpretations of experiences, actions and insights”),
• Little-c (everyday problem solving and creative expression),
• Pro-C (exhibited by people who are professionally or vocationally creative though not necessarily eminent) and
• Big-C (creativity considered great in the given field) Nobel prize awardable stuff.
Considering above definition in order to inspire creativity within there are some very basic things or rather practices to keep in mind, which are often overlooked under pressure. Following are some points that may help open your mind to the world of creativity.
- Accept : You are creative accept it, do not undermine yourself, believing in yourself is a big favor you can do to yourself. “By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.” — Nikos Kazantzakis. Sometimes it is the people around us who try to define us, sometimes we do it ourselves, i would want everyone to break that cast and start believing in themselves. Dare to challenge yourself and break all myths about you or else world would never be different for you ever.
- Learn : Your brain is like a tool box you can learn new things and skills and fill it with tools of ideas and knowledge, because you never know when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. The day you feel that you know it all and don’t need to learn anything anymore you should consider yourself heading towards your downfall.
- View : Change your perspective every now and then, try to analyze situation from a third person point of view. Break away from work, take a nap, watch movie or just wander in a park, this will refresh your mood. Don’t let things drive your thinking process, watch a kid play, see how they try to break laws of physics, sure they fail most of the times but have ever seen them give up? Take inspiration from around you.
- Slow Down : Take time don’t rush, manage your time so that you have time to take it slow, save yourself from getting under pressure of deadline. Strategize your work. Creative People doesn’t need problems solved immediately and can afford to wait for the right ideas. For good things time does slow down, a brilliant idea or product can leave its mark no matter when it occurs.
- Simplify : Keep it simple and straight don’t try to complicate things unnecessarily, focus on the objective. Your great idea is of no use if it is complex for people to understand and implement. Brilliant things are simple things that is what makes them even more brilliant. By adding unnecessary complexities you would only create distractions and nobody would be able to marvel at the core concept.
- Talk : Discuss, bounce ideas with your peers, colleagues, family whoever shares your interest. Sharing your knowledge is as important as learning for you. When you share your idea with someone you can collect their views and experiences and improve your own idea. Humans are social animals they are at their best when they socialize, so go out there and connect with as many folks as you can.
- Sleep : Take an eight hours sleep daily, keep all the distractions out. Sleep deprivation can cause stress and a mind under stress can’t work creatively. It is important to not give in to it too much and maintain you sanity. You would not want to skip on that breakthrough idea because of exhaustion.
1. The Psychology of Creativity: A Historical Perspective by Dean Keith Simonton
Originally posted 2015-10-05 20:12:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter