Everyone Can Be More Creative
By Marelisa Fabrega
"I am not a businessman, I am an artist." - Warren Buffett
Creative ideas run the gamut from gradual improvements of existing
products, services, or concepts, to radical breakthroughs which extend
the boundaries of human knowledge and create paradigm shifts. In
addition, creativity is not the sole domain of the arts-whether it's
painting, theater, music, architecture, dancing, literature, and so
on-but is important in any field, from medicine to business, and from
engineering to economics.
Being creative can involve cooking a meal from scratch, creating a novel
marketing campaign, making up a bedtime story for your child, finding
ways to cut costs, or even developing a creative solution to a
negotiation impasse. Whatever you do, creativity helps you do it better.
Some people believe creativity to be the result of an abnormal
chromosome that causes a muse-like effect, or of a neurological quirk.
Others associate it with psychosis, temporal lobe seizures, or childhood
trauma. And then there are those who believe it's about winning the
genetic lottery: you're either born creative or you're not. However, as
most creativity experts hold - including Jack Foster, Roger von Oech,
Edward de Bono, and many others - creativity is a process that can be
learned, practiced, and perfected.
Dr. Edward de Bono is a leading authority in the field of creative
thinking and is the originator of the term "lateral thinking". He
explains that creativity is a skill that everyone can learn. He adds
that even if some people may be better at being creative than others,
like some people are better at playing tennis than others, when specific
techniques are applied it becomes possible for anyone to generate new
ideas in any field.
While Dr. de Bono emphasizes creativity techniques, Rice
Freeman-Zachery, author of "Living the Creative Life: Ideas and
Inspiration from Working Artists", has this to say about how to be more
creative: "Instead of looking at the world as it is, look at everything
as being full of possibilities. Instead of seeing what is, look for what
could be. If you're an artist, you look at everything as a possibility
and inspiration because you know that ideas can come from anywhere."
Psychotherapist and creativity coach Dr. Eric Maisel, Ph.D. has been
working with creative and performing artists for over twenty years and
has written many books teaching others to be more creative, including
"Coaching the Artist Within", "Fearless Creating", "A Writer's Paris",
"The Van Gogh Blues", and others. He explains that everyone wishes to
create, but some people nurture and honor this desire, while for others
the urge to create is dimmed. Dr. Maisel encourages poets, filmmakers,
human resource specialists, biochemists, and everyone else to make
creativity their religion.
Study the field of creativity in order to learn creative thinking
techniques you can begin to apply in your life right away. In addition,
look at everything as filled with possibilities and honor your desire to
create. Everyone is creative, so embrace your creativity and start
making improvements in every area of your life.
This article was written by Marelisa Fabrega who blogs at "Abundance
Blog at Marelisa Online". For more fabulous tips and resources on how to
increase your creativity, visit her Squidoo lens:
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