How To Unleash The Creative Genius Within You19 Comments December 18, 2008 / Posted in Personal Development
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Are You Creative?
How creative are you? On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you rate yourself?
Creativity is an important skill that help us to create boundless opportunities and make something out of nothing but most of the people think that they are dull, unoriginal and not the very least creative.
Creativity does not only confine to the musician, artist or writer. People in their normal day jobs such as chef, secretary or the staff at help desk need a dose of creativity too.
Between a dull chef and one that is so creative in using his ingredients and can whipped out dishes that are so much more appetizing and delicious, which chef do you prefer to go to? How about the secretary? Do you prefer one that is creative who can always help you to find a neat way to go around a problem and always offer you ideas when you are out of one or one that always do your bidding and need your instruction all the time to go around a problem?
The answer is obvious isn’t it?
6 Tips To Unleash The Creative Genius Within You
Here are 6 tips that can help you unleash the creative genius within you.
1. Fear of uncertainty
Creativity means innovating,creating or doing stuff in a new or refined way. This mean that you are going to step into a new area where you have not step in before and this may cause you to feel uncertain about it.
Don’t ever let this be the reason to deter you from generating new ideas. If Steve Job is uncertain whether Apple’s next product will be as popular as iPod and does not innovate and create new products, I believe Apple won’t be as prosperous as now.
2.I am not creative
This is the common problem that people face when they complained about the lack of creativity in them. Maybe it is a past experience or your strict working environment that caused you to have the limiting mindset and it is true that some people are more creative than others but everyone is able to think and generate ideas.
Try not to compare yourself against the creative writers, musicians or the creative geniuses. Just start from where you are now and believe that you have the creative genius within you.
3. Society Pressure
People around you are so used to being conventional and acting different from them is certainly going to evoke some reaction from them, such as thinking that it is impossible for you to do this or that and the worst thing to do is actually believe them.
When you have a new and unique idea, regardless of whether your idea is to write a new book or start a business, just get started and forget about the society pressure that are exerted on your because you are in it for yourself, not for others.
4. Be like a child
As we grow older, creativity tend to wane and it is not because of our ability. It is because we are trying to act like an expert! Being an “expert”, we tend to demonstrate our knowledge to others and rebuke other ideas and one example that we will do when we are in an “expert” mode would be “That wouldn’t work because they tried in in the 70s.” This is a sure way of boosting our own ego and killing off the ideas.
Act like a child instead, be fascinated and keep asking the “why” questions instead of telling others “because”. I picked up an idea from a book and thought that I should share it with you.
From 0 – 4 years old is the “why not” stage.
From 5 – 11 years old is the “why” stage”
From 12 years old onwards is the “because” stage.
5. Embrace all ideas
When ideas are presented, do not reject it just because you are uncomfortable with it. Be open to ideas and if it is possible, make the idea work. The result may be amazing.
Surveys had shown that 72 percent of the French population finds it difficult to understand wine labels and it is a common problem in other countries too. Thierry Boudinaud named the wine Fat Bastard which describe a full and rich wine, and it is now selling over 400,000 cases per year in United States alone, shortly after it’s introduction. Fat Bastard is also regarded as a marketing phenomenon by BusinessWeek. **Figures obtained from wikipedia
This is what creativity brings. I believe Thierry Boudinaud would not have achieve this result if he named his wine with some similar names that can be found in his industry.
6. Apply lateral thinking
Whenever you are facing a problem, using lateral thinking will help you to address the problem in another aspect. Lateral thinking works by reframing a current problem into another question that will lead to an answer.
There is a company whose headquarter is located at a tall building. The staff always complained about how slow is the elevator and the amount of time wasted waiting for it. The building manager thought about the problem and installed mirrors outside the elevators. Surprisingly, the problem just went away.
Why? The staff begin to admire themselves in front of the mirrors and tidy up their appearance instead of waiting frustratingly for the elevator. How many do not like to admire themselves? Problem solved.
Creativity is needed in solving problems and those who have this quality are definitely highly sought after because of the value they can provide and also they are great problem solvers. Luckily, creativity is an attribute that you can improve on if you put a little effort into it. Now that you know how being creative is going to benefit you, are you going to start finding ways to improve your creativity?
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**P.S**Share with us what other ways we can use to improve our creativity. It will be great if you have some stories that show the benefits of being creative.
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