Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating – John Cleese
What creative people have as strenght is that the ideas seem to be a gift from above: it often materializes from nowhere, and you automatically have an awesome output. What creative people have as weakness is that the ideas seem to materialize from nowhere…and when it doesn’t happen, we could be lost and do not know how to relaunch the process.
The good news is that creativity could be induced. The spark is always in you, but you have some tips to make it brighter.
Not only does it allow to explore and open to new inspirations, but also keeps your energy high. Pleasure is a never-ending source of strength. It allows you keeping passion alive while working hard, enjoying your committment instead of being frustrated. It allows you having real interactions with people, building relationships in depth. Focusing on positive and taking situations with humour gives you a higher view and opens your mind to “out of the box” solutions.
Enjoy life: be curious, taste and appreciate new things
Enjoy yourself: see life through child’s eyes, keep a sense of humour, have fun
Enjoy others’ company: communicate, exchange, be interested, ask questions, enjoy giving and /or receiving
“Play is the highest form of research.”― Albert Einstein
Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up – Pablo Picasso
2. Be bold
Creativity, per definition, requires being shifted, different, a little bit or very weird. Square peg in a round hole, often attracting attention, arousing various reactions and judgments. Up to you to taking it as a gift, or as a curse.
Creativity takes courage – Henri Matisse
Our society is normative and tends to flatten differences (look at the reaction of people at weirdly looking teenagers); but should differences be strong enough, they are clearly admired (look at the reaction of people at weirdly looking stars). Which could induce two inhibitions for your creativity:
- the inhibition from the society (historically, almost every new form of art was first rejected as a scandalous). Once again, people do not necessarily have clues to understand differences; the best way of dealing with it is keeping going. Keeping doing. Do not explain; show. Some will like, some not; the best way to fail is trying to please everyone.
Impose ta chance, serre ton bonheur et va vers ton risque. A te regarder, ils s’habitueront – René Char.
Impose your chance, embrace your happiness and go towards your risk. Looking your way, they’ll get used to it – René Char
- which is worse – your own inhibitions, or self-censuring. Exploit your ideas to the maximum. Do not aim at anticipating popularity trying to guess what might please to others. Just express what you feel; that’s the only thing to do something that is worth existing. And worth sharing.
When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time – Lady Gaga
And also: creativity is often associated with questioning. It seems that creative people are particularly perfectionist and sensitive. As a result: some painful moments of doubts: am I good enough? Creative enough? Does it matter to continue? What if I threw all my work away?
Doubts are normal. They allow innovation and thus creativity. But you’ll have to teach how to master them, to prevent too massive a destruction and to be able to rebound once again.
3. Keep it going!
In the beginning of the post I told about an automatic awesome output…well, a really good result is never, NEVER a coincidence. It is hard work, it is persistence, it is fail 1,000 times, get up 1,001 time. It is loving your work and be primarily motivated by the process itself, not only by the result.
None of my inventions came by accident. I see a worthwhile need to be met and I make trial after trial until it comes. What it boils down to is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration. – Thomas Alva Edison
The spark is in you. Always. So, if your muse didn’t arrived, if you pegasus is delayed due to difficult flying conditions, go to Nike website and read their motto. Just do it. Just. Do. It. Just go to your desk and write or draw something. Just put your coat and take your camera and go shoot something outdoor. Good luck!
Gwen Stefany got it all in her brilliant video:
To sum it all up, be curious, enjoy life, have fun, workworkwork, get something done!
PS: Yes, the illustration is drawn by me 🙂