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by becky last modified Jan 21, 2011

#LetsBlogoff: How do you define creativity? Is creativity the balance between imagination and talent that bring ideas to life? It’s ironic. that I am late getting this, of all BlogOff topics, posted! I spent 3 years studying the creative process, what makes it go, what makes it stop, & what it really is.  Rather than [...]




 

 

#LetsBlogoff: How do you define creativity? Is creativity the balance between imagination and talent that bring ideas to life?

It’s ironic.

that I am late getting this, of all BlogOff topics, posted! I spent 3 years studying the creative process, what makes it go, what makes it stop, & what it really is.  Rather than repeat what Paul Anater said so eloquently in his post, which I agree with 100%, I’ll share some of what I discovered during my creativity study.

All. People. Are. Creative.

Period. There is no such thing as a non-creative human being (unless they are comatose).  Even people doing jobs perceived conventionally as Non-Creative are creative.

Take accounting, for example.  One would think, ok there are numbers & rules & these people chink out their days in accordance with industry mandate. And yet, we have Enron. And the derivatives trade. Of course, there are legal versions of creative accounting – like estate planning, or minimizing asset loss in a divorce.

Connections, baby.

Given the definition that creativity is about making connections & combinations, and that everyone can do it, there’s the mechanics of how it happens, and what inhibits it.

Simply put, if you can’t relax, you won’t be creative. By relaxing, I don’t mean downing a sixer & watching M*A*S*H reruns.  Relaxing in this context means not feeling threatened. (Some people thrive on last minute execution of a task, but that’s another topic.)

I believe the ability to be creative is hardwired biologically in us.  Here is a presentation I gave at Ignite Raleigh a couple of years ago on it.  Bear with the initial choppiness of the video – I haven’t had time to record a better one yet.

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