After many years of talking to highly creative people I reckon there are five things they do / have / demonstrate consistently.
- Highly creative people make stuff up – twice. First in their heads [imagination] and then in the world [creativity and innovation] Imagination – the ability to conceive of what is not. Creativity – applied imagination. Innovation – novel and useful creativity that generates value. If you have lots of ideas then you are imaginative but if you do nothing with them you aren’t creative!
Highly creative people become more creative by being more creative.
Highly creative people make the time and space to be creative.
Highly creative people work. This from Scott Berkum: www.scottberkum.com “The biggest difference between you and Picasso, or Einstein, or whoever your heroes are is that they out work you. They spend more time in front of a canvas, or guitar, or computer, working away at applying their minds and souls to specific things. Want to be more creative? Pick something you care about and get to work. If you don’t care about anything, your problem isn’t creativity, it’s apathy. If you start things and give up, your problem isn’t creativity, it’s dedication.” and from the artist Chuck Close: “Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will — through work — bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great idea.”
Highly creative people have habits that less creative people do not – and I reckon if you adopt those habits you can’t help but become more creative.
And what are those habits?
Check here and I’ll tell you in future blogs.
20 May 2013