What is creativity? How to develop it?

What is creativity? According to Robert E. Franken, creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining others.

Creativity is any act, idea, or product that changes an existing domain, or that transforms an existing domain into a new one.

Today I Googled the phrase “What is creativity?”, and got 265 million hits in 0.27 seconds. Even if half of these fall under the definition of creativity, you can just imagine how many different definitions there are of creativity.

Some people link creativity to art, dance, acting, modeling, designing, poetry, literature etc. etc. It’s true but it’s not limited to those domains. Actually creativity has got nothing to do with the aforementioned. It is not linked to particular activity. It’s an individual thinking process related to an activity. Anything can be creative – creativity is a perspective that is brought to an activity.

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Creativity is often linked to a character.  Generaly that person shows through his actions that he is creative. Some people say about themselves that they are not creative. If they think so let it be, but I strongly believe that everyone can be creative. The first step is postive thinking, start is to say that you are creative; the second step is to understand how to develop your creativity.

Waiting for inspiration is a waste of time. You have to provoke it!

Creativity behaviours and techniques can help you to modify you traditional thought patterns. When I generate ideas it’s not always an eccentric activity. I follow rules and a specific process. I use powerful techniques to move out of the frame.

Generating ideas is not sufficient.

When you generate ideas, you also have to evaluate them in order to keep the best ones and make it happen.  After idea production, I use other frames to materialize my ideas without losing their originality. Those steps are really important! In many companies I often see people go to a brainstorming meeting to find solutions. This is a good start but they often ignore or underestimate the steps before and after a brainstorm. And those steps usually make a big difference between a good and exceptional idea.

So, I think it’s important for managers or companies to dedicate time to the art of creativity and discover those techniques. It will give your projects the essential drive to implement and make your ideas happen.

As a creative character I care for what I do and it doesn’t have to be for economic reasons.  All it has to do is bring me joy. If you enjoy discovering and experiencing effective creative techniques, if you work with passion, if you commit yourself and your attention to your activities, then you will generate creative ideas.

“Creativity is the ability to go from an abstract idea to a concrete solution. It is the ability to solve problems and create new ways to apprehend the world.”

Creativity is not just the use of imagination, but it also includes the act of creation. You can have ideas about many things but if you can’t transform those ideas into creations than you are not creative at all. You are just being imaginative. Here is an article on how to improve your creative thinking.

How can I learn to increase my creativity? Discover the unknown, learn, practice and work on your personal development.

Author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi broadly describes the characteristics of a creative person in his book, Creativity, Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. Take a look at the following characteristics and consider what they say about creative persons.

  • That creative persons have a great deal of energy, however, they are also often quiet and at rest
  • Creative people seem to harbor opposite tendencies on the continuum between extroversion and introversion
  • Creative people are remarkable humble and proud at the same time
  • To a certain extent, creative people escape rigid gender role stereotyping and have a tendency toward androgyny
  • Generally, creative people are thought to be rebellious and independent
  • Usually creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well
  • The openness and sensitivity of creative individuals often exposes them to suffering pain yet also a great deal of enjoyment

In conclusion, it seems that creative people are very flexible in their approach towards problems and issues. There are certain sets of traits that creative people have that are at opposite ends. The presence of these characters is not common to everyone; however, you may still learn creativity through practice, learning and development. The number one thing I would emphasize is that it doesn’t matter if you have not been what you consider being creative previously. The very fact that you are reading this article is enough; you are already a motivated individual that is on the path to become more creative and successful.

Here is an other article to Understand the Art of Innovation

 Please share this insight to inspire people to work with more passion and lead with creativity. It’s free like this ad free article. Thank you 🙂

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