–noun 1. the state or quality of beingcreative 2. the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships,orthelike, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.
Some synonymsinclude imagination, inspiration, vision and originality.
Inspiration? Vision? Progressiveness?No wonder we put a high value on this quality. As a society we certainly view creativity as a key element to achieving successful work. Therefore, I found all these little tid bits about this trait interesting. I hope you do as well.
According to this headline from Newsweek we have a creativity crisis here in the United States: “The Creativity Crisis: For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong?—and how we can fix it.?”
We can take zillions of creativity testsonline [Hint-if it takes a test to determine, you're probably not].
Multitudes ofarticles, books and seminarsare out there, all designed to help increase your creativity; “19 steps to increase yourcreativity” [like this one?]. Hummm, what does that say about us?
Interesting Quotes:Some interesting quotations on the subject I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. ~Michelangelo
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! ~Dr. Seuss,Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
The Possible's slow fuse is lit By the Imagination. ~Emily Dickinson
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. ~George Smith Patton,War asI Knew It, 1947
Don't expect anything original from an echo. ~Author Unknown
Here’s some suggestions I found to boost creativity, [come to think about it, several of these apply to life in general, not just creativity].
1-Schedule time regularlyto concentrate on some type of creative project. It takes time to develop your creative talents. 2-Build YourConfidence Insecurity in your abilities can suppress creativity, which is why it is important to build confidence. 3-Fight YourFear of Failure Let's face it, many of us are afraid of failure and that stifles creativity. If this is a problem for you, remember that mistakes are simply part of the process, welearn something. Behind every "master piece" there are plenty of there"learning experiences".. 3-Part 2-Be Willing to Take Risks This goes back to #3. Creativity requires taking some risks. True sometimes things don’t turn out as you planned, but playing it safe rarely produces a masterpiece. Occasionally, try a new direction in your work or a new technique. Climb out on that limb!