Myth of Creativity: Why it's Not Just for Artists

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When you think of creativity, what pops up in your mind?

Many of us will immediately think of artistic pursuits like theatre, music, dance or drawing.
We tend to associate creativity with the arts and believe that only creative professionals like actors, painters and designers are paid to think creatively. But we never put lawyers, managers, and doctors in the same category. 

But what if I told you you were mistaken?

Let us return to our childhood.

As children, we were all naturally creative. We experimented, played, and tried out strange things without fear or shame. We weren't afraid of being rejected. However, as we grew older, we became more susceptible to the fear of being judged and less open to new experiences and ideas. And at this point, we stopped being creative.

As I mentioned earlier, creativity is a natural part of human behaviour, and there are methods for unlocking it.

Embrace Open-mindedness
Try to approach problems with an open mindset. Be open to feedback and suggestions, even if they differ from your initial ideas.

Remember, it is not about changing who you are or what you believe, it is about expanding your worldview and challenging yourself to grow.

Cultivate Playfulness
Don't be too serious about yourself. Failure is an inevitable part of life, and it is through failure that we learn and grow. So embrace your inner child and live life with a playful attitude. 

Expose Yourself to Different Experiences
Our brains thrive on new stimulations, and by trying new things and exploring unfamiliar territory, we can expand our horizons and enrich our lives in unexpected ways.

Experimenting with new cultures, ideas, experiences, and even food can help to broaden our perspective and stimulate creative thinking.

Take Breaks
As some old wise men have said, “Taking a break is not a luxury; it's a necessity.” 

Stepping away from a task allows our brains to process and integrate information.

Several studies have shown that taking regular breaks can improve cognitive function and increase creativity.

So, next time you feel the urge to power through a task without a break, remember the importance of taking time to recharge your mind and body. 

Try to be present in the moment and pay attention to your thoughts and surroundings. This can help you to become more aware of your surroundings.

Further, mindfulness can improve our relationships with others. When we are present and attentive in our interactions, we are able to connect with others on a deeper level, and we are more empathetic and understanding. This can lead to stronger, more fulfilling relationships, both personally and professionally.

Collaborate with Others
Working in a group can help you in developing solutions that you may not have considered at first because of insecurity of being a failure or straight rejection.

But collaboration breaks down these barriers and provides you a safe space to experiment and take risks.

Embrace Solitude
This may appear to be contradictory. While collaboration is helpful, it is also necessary to set aside time to work alone.

We are free from distractions and external pressures when we are alone, which allows our minds to wander and make new connections.

Sometimes the best ideas come in a solitary moment.

So, if you're feeling stuck in a creative rut, remember that we're all born with it. Just take a break, be mindful and unleash yourself.

This post is inspired by Tom & David Kelly's book Creative Confidence.

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