Everybody wants to be creative, but the word “creative” is very vague since it can mean different things. This is a blog post trying to explain some basic facts and differences about creativity and what you can do to become better at “creative thinking” to continue to stay foolish.
We often hear the expression:
I am creative
…but what does it mean to be creative?
You could be an artist; you could be a painter, a singer, an entrepreneur, a programmer, a…well I better stop, because it can be anyone.
As a small child we are all creative
and when we grow up we are still creative, but more or less. When we grow up we learn “hidden rules”, we create routines or we adopt ourselves towards others, which make us act less creatively. But don’t worry we can all learn to become more creative again, and the best part is that we now as grown-ups, can choose when to be creative and learn new ways of being creative.
Sometimes thinking of the opposite helps you define the actual word.
Therefore we could say that being creative is not about seeking perfectionism, nor about being completely correct.
I like the definition of creativity as a referral to “something new” with some kind of “value”. This “something new” could be for example an art work, theater play, but also a solution or an invention. Usually you expect it to be enhanced by intelligence and/or knowledge. But now, since I wish to guide you towards the “problem solving process”, you could also enforce your creative thinking results by plain luck or a random process.
To be a true creative thinker you need to:
- have fun, relax
- be curious, ask questions
- dare new things, new ways
- say the opposite from everybody else…at least as a test, to explore yourself and your own judgment and inner restrictions
- avoid judgment in general (there will be time for judgment but not necessarily immediately)
- avoid afraidness and other inner restrictions
- embrace change