'I am not that creative', 'I don't know where he/she gets his/her ideas', 'some people are just born creative.
10 years back I also somewhat used to believe in these lines until I found out that being creative is a process and not a gift.
Yes, some people are perhaps better at finding patterns and being creative but most of us can become good provided we follow a process.
Let's discuss more on this (and check out today's P.S. section)
Van Gogh was a famous Dutch painter. So famous that some of his paintings sold at a price of more than $100 million dollar.
But until his last few years of life (He lived only for 37 years) he wasn't even sure what he was good at. He just tried a lot of stuff before settling on painting.
Today, the world recognizes him as one of the most creative people on earth.
Now imagine if you would have asked him in his 20s, do you consider yourself creative?
He perhaps would have said 'I don't know, I just focus my energy on doing things at hand'.
Had creativity been a born gift, Van Gogh never really had to struggle to realize that he could paint well.
Can anyone then become creative?
Almost. If you consider it a process, then you could also improve your creativity.
The most important quality of being creative is knowing your thoughts/desires better.
What do you think? Why do you think so? Why don't you like some things?
The best way to know your thoughts is to write them down.
Hearing this some people think 'Oh! but I have never written anything, I am not good at writing.'
Your writing doesn't have to go through peer review. You don't have to write for others.
Write for your own sake. Your writing, your rules.
Write every day or sometimes in a week (or whenever you like). Writing one page or 5 lines do not matter as long as you hold a pen and write on paper.
Read about any great figure in History and you will find that almost all of them used to keep a journal. There must be some reason behind that.
Some people say 'I don't have any good ideas'. A counterquestion to them could be 'Do you have any bad ideas then?'
Write down those bad ideas then. Maybe if you consistently keep on writing bad ideas, you will generate some ideas in the process as well.
Try it yourself. Write 5 ideas every day/week about the things wanna do in your life, the business you would like to start, the job you like to do, the book you wanna read, the places you wanna travel, or anything else.
Writing is the most keystone habit of becoming more creative. Only when you know yourself better, you can create better.
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One video suggestion
The Science behind Creativity.
"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while."
- Steve Jobs
"invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos."
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