According to http://www.urbandictionary.com creativity is “When you forgot who you stole it (idea) from”.
I would define creativity as all your experiences and feelings towards them mixed together and then applied to a certain situation. Even tough two individuals would be eating the exact same banana, looking at the same painting or reading the same “how to loose weight” article , nearly all the associations would differentiate, and here we already are subconsciously exposing our different approaches to certain elements in our lives, our creativity.
I will try to write a paragraph or no, a little poem here on the spot about a random topic..
Hmm, l have this not-very good looking go-go card with carrots on my wall. Let’s try carrots.
I Do like carrots as fresh and in the salat
It’s of two colors, from the side of joyful color pallete
Gives you energy and strength when you need it
And then to all illnesses you can say like M. Jackson – “Beat it”
It took me about 1,5 minute to write these 4 lines. It’s one of the very easiest and the most simple practises to boost your creativity, just write a small paragraph about something that’s next to you, and try to make a little bit of sense every time you write about something.
You must think “Wow, he wrote 4 lines about carrots how cool is that!” But i must say that also You can do it as well, it takes time and practice as everything else tough.
If you want to be as awesome, or just simply learn how to solve creative tasks i will give you some guidlines that have greatly helped me to boost my imagination and the skills to apply it to any situation.
There are a lot of tasks and brainstorming tools to use for a problem solving but these are the points to keep in mind in order to be more creative in my approach.
1. Be happy.
I started to write this blog post yesterday, but with filled with frustration and negative emotions it’s just not point to force yourself to do something creative unless you get over it ! It is a big thing to say, yea, just be happy, but find a way how to get yourself out of an unpleasent situation if u are in one. As “Maslow hierarchy of needs” says you have to have your biological, physiological, safety and belongingness covered first in order to create something you truly have the desire for.
2. Keep your eyes & ears open.
See what is happening everywhere around you. Open your eyes and ears and collect the information from everywhere possible, when you do not need to focus on something particular.
3. Kids perspective.
As kids, have (mostly) an annoying habbit to ask about everything and all the day, you should do that as well. I hope you have gotten a piece of knowledge more in your head, since you were a kid, but the moment you do not understand something -ask. And keep wondering, looking at things you rarely do. At ceiling in food store, around the corner, go to your atic or basment, you will be amazed how many things we do not notice.
Each of you might have a favourite music genre, or an artist and that’s awesome, but how about listen to all sorts of songs and artists, just to broaden you horizon, of what else is out there, and who knows, maybe you will meet you next, beloved one on the jazz concert you went just to check it out.
5. Stay hungry, stay foolish.
I really do like this Steve Jobs queote. In my interpretation it covers two of my favourite points.
Stay hungry – is about all the previously mentioned, wondering, openness, and being present part. Stay hungry for more knwoledge, and understanding of your surroundings + Read A Lot !
Stay foolish – is about your every day life. Crawl under a table, try to listen to only one song for 5 hours, and experiment with food as much as you can. All these little stupid things, will first of all make your life more interesting and you never know when an genious could approach you. Like dutch peoeple had the awesome idea of putting a flour-based batter on a hot griddle and make something what today we call as pancakes! mmh, yes, pancakes.
6. Fail harder.
The essence of an experiment is to try, meaning that it’s not sure you will succeed. But you will analyze the problem and try again. And again, and again. Ask for an advice, look for another perspective and do it until it works out as wanted.
Little bit of summery in my post.
As George Lois says in the great documentary called Art&Copy: “Creativity can solve anything” and i do believe that it has as many boundaries and fences as you put up yourself. So here i want to remind you once again, that creativity would not be only used to solved and idea in a schools projects or when creating an advertising campaign. Let it take a grand part of your life, practice it daily and you will open yourself up to a lot of yet unknown abilities you have into yourself!
– Create your list (or use this if it applies to you), of what could help You to keep you on the creative path.
– Hang out with creative people. Artists, musicians, a grocery store owner or a homeless person, anyone is equally valid. Do not underestimate others. Being in such an environment will keep you in the level of creativity by sharing thoughts, goals, and ideas.
– Visit places. Concerts, museums, exhibitions, abandon houses and skateparks. Don’t limit yourself with the issue of affordability. Check out all the local events, subsrcribe to all the known interesting visiting places to get some offers. Get as many insights as possible.
-Share you knowledge. Not only to be the Saint person and enlighten people around you, but it’s a good habbit to repeat the knowledge you have and stick it in your memory. So be also selfish .
– Drop a comment if this helped you in any way. Even if where bored as crap and scrolled through this text, any feedback will be appreciated.
Some of the link i’m looking into for some creativity:
http://theoatmeal.com/ – really fun comic books
http://wk.com/ – awesome commercials
http://www.adweek.com/ – a lots of awesome adds
http://pinterest.com/ – loadness of beautiful things
http://www.designswan.com/ – great design examples
http://kuukalabbi.blogspot.dk/ – an awesome blog
and, so on, so no my friends.
Oh, and i bought (!) this picture with rusty effect, so i just wanted to share, brag, show off i guess, cause it’s the very first time i have actually bought an image. Hands up for buying images online.
p.s. If you are a cool person, you can get this incredibly awesome image for free ! Just ring a bell, or better just write me a message. Bell ringing probably wouldn’t work..
Creativity – it’s everywhere!
Next post, with the same host and with a big, fat of cheese toast! Creativity – diagnosed.