Being creative is making art with what you got.
Einstein was definitely a man who never stopped failing, at trying to achieve something. They history is full of how he attempted time and again to discover something that had not been discovered. He is the epitome of the creative spirit we’ve seem to have lost in this generation. Yes, technology has eased many hard played out roles yet we still are hanging loose on some beachhead.
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso“
We notice uncountable things with our subconscious mind without being conscious about it at all. Then we wonder where the hack certain ideas come from and why others had simular ones. Well it's already scientifically proven that our brains are wired on a higher level l.. that's another story .. But it explains our smart ideas sometimes. They are actually a product from our very own (thinking) mind and daily experiences we have when we encounter others, read the news, walk through the city. Often an idea has already been thought millions of times by other people, generations etc.. but there are only a few of us out there who are eager enough to turn them into reality.
Do we need to work hard or invest lots of time for being creative?
In order to put in the hard work to acquire a skill, you need to believe that the activity really is a skill you can learn. When you believe the activity is a talent then you don’t bother to work hard at it, because you attribute any limitations in your performance to your lack of talent.
RETHINKING CREATIVITY AS A SKILL
This way of thinking about talents and skills is particularly important when it comes to thinking about creativity. For skills that involve actions in the world, such as shooting a free throw or playing a musical instrument, people have a pretty good idea of what they need to do to improve. But for mental skills like creativity, few people know enough about the way their minds work to be able to treat it like a skill.As a result, most people tend to look at those people who develop creative ideas consistently with a kind of reverence. And people who do seem blessed with a talent for creativity live in fear that talent will run out some day and they will be just like everybody else. In order to enhance your creativity, here are three things you can do to practice.
A_BECOME AN EXPLAINER
The most creative people in any field are people who have a tremendous amount of knowledge. Creative people like Einstein, Edison, Coltrane, and O’Keefe were also experts in their own field. In this age of Google, there is a tendency to assume that information is available when you need it and so you don’t need to internalize it. But, if you have to interrupt your flow of work whenever you need to look something up, you can't follow ideas to new places.
In order to maximize the quality of your knowledge, you have to develop the habit to explain things back to yourself. Think about what happens when you sit down to watch a TED talk. A great speaker gives an inspirational 15-minute presentation. While you are listening, you feel that you have understanding of what the speaker is saying. Afterward, if you try to repeat what you learned to someone else you may realize that your feeling of understanding was a reflection that the speaker understood the topic very well. Unless you explain talks like that back to yourself afterwards, though, you have no idea whether you understand it, too.
One of the five core personality dimensions is openness. It reflects how much you are motivated to consider new ideas, concepts, and experiences. The most creative people are typically very open people. If you are someone who resists new ideas and experiences, that does not mean you cannot be creative. It just means that you need to develop a new set of habits to try new ideas on for size rather than rejecting them just because they are new.
If you find yourself unwilling to consider new ideas or dismiss things that are "not the way we do things here," try this exercise:
When you encounter a new idea, listen to it or read it through, but don’t engage with it much right away. Instead, put it aside for a day and come back to it later. When you read it again, it will feel more familiar based on the mere exposure effect. Mere exposure is the observation that we like things better after we have seen them once before. Let that familiarity help you open yourself up to new prospects.
C_ KEEP ASKING NEW QUESTIONS
A third critical aspect of creativity is to remember that any idea you have is something that you pulled out of your memory. That means that when you have a brilliant idea, you retrieved a helpful piece of information from memory and used it.
How do you get information from memory? All you do is ask your memory a question, and it pulls out information related to that question. If I ask you to think about an ice cream you ate, you do that. Even if you did not expect me to start talking about ice cream. Memory serves up experiences related to the questions you ask it.
That means that whenever you want to think about a problem or situation differently, you have to ask your memory a different question. The most creative people don’t settle on a single way to think about a problem. Instead, they keep finding new descriptions of that problem and allowing their memory to find more information that might help to solve it. The more different questions they ask, the more creative ideas they have. As an easy exercise to practice asking questions, think about a problem you are trying to solve right now. Now, ask yourself how a variety of your friends would approach that same problem.
“Creative is making art with what you got.”
Basically being creative is just connecting things in a new, never encountered or interesting way across all fields. For sure creatives are not only the ones working in the so called creative businesses. Sometimes mothers are the most creatives i have met lately. Or as one of my teachers Sharon Gannon likes to say: "Magic (being creative) is a change of perception." That's why i practice inversions every day.
Thanks for reading,