Monday, May 10, 2010

A New Way 2 Think ... About Creativity

If you are a regular reader of this post, there is a high degree of probability that you have a creative bent or side to you.

Typically, that's one of the common threads about individuals in more than 70 countries who gravitate towards a daily post such as TSB in search of answers and insight 2 help flex those creative muscles.

But, there is also chance your creative itch may or not be getting scratched.

With good reason.

So as you sip your morning or afternoon java, you might be more than mildly interested in knowing what "Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert has 2 say on this subject of creativity.

If you are a truly creative person, you want 2 know it all. Ancient history, quantum physics, nineteenth century military strategies, lean manufacturing techniques, screenwriting, motor mechanics, and more. But you never knows when these ideas might come together in the form of a creative breakthrough. It may happen ten minutes after digesting this post. Or it could hit you ten hours later or ten years. But you have faith knowing it will happen at some point and that it is far better 2 have some of those ideas proven wrong, than be one of those people who take comfort in always being "right" - only because their idea vault is always empty.

Creativity by its very nature involves inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having some fun along the way. Regretfully, this type of behaviour is not encouraged at most places of business.

But, as a free-thinking individual, you decide each day whether 2 fully engage and be creative in work you are naturally suited for and express ideas on how you can take it 2 the next level. When that happens your work takes on the childlike quality of play.

Only when work feels like "play" will you begin 2 percolate the fresh aroma of creativity that changes your world and the world around you.

Would that be 2 fun or what?

"There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns”


JLandry said...

I loved it!! I could sit and read all day and I love to learn, but I know that it's time to get to work. It's time to create! You're right when you say that the workplace and schools did not encourage this kind of activity and after unlearning it it's scarry and difficult to get started. But I must try!! Thanks for this site Gair. I just love it.

East Coast Gal said...

Wow... I will keep those thoughts and use them. Just show up and do your part of the job and if the genius comes, it comes.