When we think of creativity we normally think of
artists, writers, actors, musicians, architects, and so on. However,
creativity is really much broader than that. It also applies to businesses
where people develop more efficient business models, or physics and other
sciences where people define clever experiments or theories to resolve
challenging problems. In fact, it generally applies to our ability to visualize and provide a new and different perspectives on almost anything. It is also usually associated with the functionality of the right brain.The Importance of Creativity
There has always been a number of very good reasons to have a creative outlet like painting, writing, or music. Amongst them is as a vehicle to exercise your creativity, stretching and strengthening it much like going to the gym. Other reasons include:
Now there's another reason!
- It's fun
- It's stimulating
- It's rewarding
- It excites a passion
- It can be adventurous
It's good for your career (or small business). In fact it might be essential.
Times have changed and there's fewer and fewer places to serve out your career in a 9 to 5 organization. Creativity is becoming the essential skill in
the workplace. Large numbers of people are creating income with blogs,
iphone apps, online boutiques, youtube videos, and more. Some of the
enterprises produce 6 and 7 figure income streams and have evolved into
small businesses. Creative companies like Apple and Google are doing great, companies that do not have innovative products...not so much. So take a break from the mundane, put on your smock
and recharge some of your childhood creativity. This time it could be
for more than just the fun of it.But You're Not Creative
If you don't have any artistic skills it doesn't mean that you're not creative or artistic. It may mean you just haven't tried. In fact if you look back at your childhood you can probably recall some of your fanciful game playing. So it's not that you're not creative it's more likely that you just haven't used it in a while.
Furthermore, even if you're the penultimate meat and potatoes guy neurological research over the past few years has shown that you can develop new neurological paths in your brain allowing you to build skills that you never thought you had. Amongst them is creativity. The ability of your brain to physically change as a result of mental exercise is called neuroplasticity. So with a little bit of effort you may be surprised how capable you are of being creative.The Goal
The goal for this blog is to strengthen your creativity muscle by committing to learning an art form and delivering a product. If you choose sculpting the product could be a polished stone sculpture that you enter in an exhibition at your art school. If you choose music a goal could be to participate in a recital. The point is commit to some creative endeavor and showing it to the world.Action Steps
- Look into different art forms and pick one that is appealing, readily accessible, and has a class starting soon. Then sign up for it.
- Take your first class to build a foundation, keeping in mind where you might want to take it. Look at the work of others to stimulate your imagination about the possibilities. Take a continuing class if there is additional opportunity to grow.
- Seek out an opportunity to exhibit your work. Challenge yourself to deliver something. Depending on your choice of creative medium this might be an art exhibition, a short film festival, or a recital. Then commit to it.
To Do Helper
- Visit an art gallery or museum
- Go online to look for classes in one of the Arts
- Go to http://www.lumosity.com to learn about neuroplasticity
- Get a biography of a creative person you admire