What is Creativity?
Creativity is mysterious. Creativity is amazing. Creativity is risky. Creativity made the world we live in today. Creativity is something we can all access.
Because we all have something we’re passionate about. Read that again. We all have something we’re passionate about.
We all have something where we will freely devote many hours of work. It may not be our passion, but we all have that something inside of us.
If you do not know how to access your creativity, then it is a task i assign to you. Think back to when you were a kid. What did you like to do? What do you enjoy doing now? If you listed 10 ways to help other people or change the world for the better, which option would you choose? What are you talents? I encourage you to devote many hours to try new things, travel, explore and experiment. Curiosity is a wonderful tool. Use it.
Creativity is overemphasized.
It is over-rated. Albert Einstein was labeled the creative genius of the last century. Mark Zuckerberg, a ‘creative genius’. Jimmy Hendrix, a ‘creative genius’. Bill Gates a ‘creative genius’. The fact is though, they are not standing alone as creative geniuses. We are all creative geniuses in our own right. It’s just that these guys happened to be creative in different areas to you. They discovered their creative areas, and they took action.
The image that is portrayed of Pablo Picasso and Thomas Newton working creatively all hours, in a tireless fashion, is just blown-up nonsense. The truth is, these guys were creative when they felt it. When they had their ideas, they took action. They experimented. They acknowledged their creative moments and took advantage. That is what you have to do. You might just change the world.You might just create something beautiful.
Creativity can’t be tamed
In the past decade, there has also been a ‘baby boom of books’, that have been written to help people unlock creativity. The problem is half of these books and articles, try to encourage you to ‘control your creativity’. For example, advice such as: “do your creative work in the morning”, or “pick one hour of the day” (usually the morning) in which you can get your creative work done. This is pure horseshit. Because it gives the impression to people that they have to be creative a a certain time/period, so they try to bring it on with thoughts and practices, which just pulls creativity further away from you. It creates the opposite effect.
Creativity cannot be defined.It cannot be taught. It cannot be forced. Creativity is inefficient. Creativity is breaking the rules. Creativity is thinking outside of the box. Creativity is exploring the unknown. Creativity is naughty. Creativity is like that annoying fly that comes and goes. You cannot predict it. You can’t catch it. But it is there.
You don’t have to be creative. You just have to know when it’s there. And when its there, you have to take action…
Check out this amazing series of video interviews on the topic of creativity and life. It comes from CreativeLive, and the fascinating Chase Jarvis. There are interviews with Richard Branson , Tim Ferriss, Kevin Kelly and Neil Strauss, to name just a few. Even if you look at 1 video, its worth it. Click here.