What is “being creative”?
Creativity refers to the phenomenon whereby a person creates something new (a product, a solution, a work of art etc.) that has some kind of value. What counts as “new” may be in reference to the individual creator, or to the society or domain within which the novelty occurs. What counts as “valuable” is similarly defined in a variety of ways.
Creativity is a mental and social process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts. Creativity is fueled by the process of either conscious or unconscious insight. An alternative conception of creativeness is that it is simply the act of making something new.
Creativity is the use of the imagination or original ideas, esp. in the production of an artistic work, the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.
Creativity could be thought as a new of doing a thing, YOUR way of doing something. To be creative one has to be bold to initiate the step.
Example from a cricketer-
He has to decide creative ways to play that ball. He might get reserved and play the normal game and on the safe side take just singles and some fours. But if he has to achieve more, he had to come out of that crease make his bat go round and stay motivated that the bat hits the ball. He might not always be successful but it’s always better than not trying at all.
So go out and hit it. Maybe it’s your time to lift off and fly, You won’t know if you never try.
I just saw an ad for a concept mobile phone, (we are not much concerned with the mobile phone even though I totally loved the idea of such a device) and I totally loved the background narrative.
Read this and you would totally agree:
Creativity is no longer a word reserved for the musician or the artist.
Its something you can find in anyone.
Its the ability and the urge to make something of value.
It can be big, it can be small,
making something new,
something that surprises,
something that makes you think,
something that makes you smile.
Its making something beautiful,
its telling a story,
its telling your story,
Its about being passionate,
its creating something other people can use,
sharing your creativity.
Its about realizing that there isn’t always a right or a wrong way of doing things,
there is not always a correct answer,
only the answers that we create.
What’s common for creativity is that it comes from inspiration, inspiration found in the world we live in, and in the people we live with.
Its found when we share with them, building on what’s given from the diversity of people’s thoughts, and perspectives.
So try and drop the assumptions that you know how to do things, and already know the solution. Stray away from the direct path, take risks, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, because its only from mistakes that we learn,
and its from the mistakes that the really interesting things happen.
We may not always create or invent, but we always learn when we try.
Just for fun –