Creativity In A Bucket
Well not just a bucket. Creativity can be anywhere you want it to be. Because, by its very nature, it’s a result of your thinking and you can turn that anywhere.
Sadly, too many kids go through the school system with a compartmentalized view of imagination. That’s why it’s so refreshing whenever a teacher takes a broader view and actively seeks to inspire a child’s mind with the prospect that creativity is without borders.
That so many schools teach children that creativity should only exist in the art class or music and drama explains how locked down we as adults have become.
In essence, there are no creative subjects because that implies others are not. Meanwhile, life thrives on creativity in all realms. Even in fact oriented fields like chemistry, accounting, and engineering, there is enormous room to expand our horizons.
Civil engineers can create a new bridge never seen before. Chemists can develop new and more effective means to achieve results. While accounts (and I don’t mean those using “creative” accounting) can work out innovative ways to solve financial problems, get funding, and bring things into existence that otherwise could never be done.
Creativity is not an exclusive field. Though some people are definitely more creative than others, this is partly a case of experience and practice.
You might be surprised but being highly intelligent and creative is not the same thing (though I suspect exercising creativity stimulates better thinking). In practice, you can build your imagination regardless of how intelligent you are.
By combining seemingly unconnected ideas all sorts of outlandish and sometimes wonderful combinations come up. And, really, this is what creative people do for breakfast without even realizing. Just blend concepts and test them out. That’s one great way to spark innovation when you feel like you can’t think of an original concept to save yourself.
After all, the experts do this too. When the BMW Mini started losing it’s verve. Creativity was called for. So what do you do? Make a big Mini of course!
Manufacturers realized kitchen appliances were so ho hum. So with some basic imagination they started making them in fun colors to look more like toys or cool accessories. Thanks to the changes sales went up.
Graphic designers too, do crazy things like pick a simple element of a picture and make it giant, color it wildly, or add a dash of opposites to turn a predictable picture on its head.
The trick is to play with ideas and let your imagination (which is better than Hollywood could ever be) conjure up imagery the way you’d like it to be. In this safe test zone called imagination, you can try out ideas for feasibility and then decide whether they really could be produced in a real world way.
At this point, discipline and a good sense come into play. Like an original house design that needs good builders to let it take shape, imagination requires practical ability too to turn it into a shared reality.
Despite creativity sometimes feeling like a fickle thing, it’s good to know that you can get more down the track and, happily, there is no limit to your future capacity to imagine.
By deciding to allow yourself to be more creative than you already are, the door of possibility is left ajar. By opening yourself to new ideas your discoveries are bound to generate big fat sparks; ones that will stretch your thinking and ultimately light up the best of your waiting imagination.
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