Creativity Doesn't Appear as Flash Even for the Most Creative People

#People often talk about #creativity and inspiration as if it is a thing totally distinct from them. That ideas generate themselves spontaneously, or as if it is a trait that some people are born without and can’t ever gain. These ideas are commonplace, but are totally untrue. Some think #creative works exist in a vacuum, and are, by their nature, totally original, and entirely the work of some lone visionary. This again is untrue. Nothing comes from nothing, and #even some of the #most creative people of all time were…

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The Power of Deep Thinking: Essence of Creativity

True or False: “This sentence is false.” What was your answer to the question above? Did you quickly fire off an answer or did you have to think about it and then think about it some more? Imagine for a moment that you could put on a set of inverted goggles and see the world through an entirely different lens. On one hand, you would literally see differently, but you might not view the world differently. If we look #deep enough and allow ourselves to observe from a new lens,…

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The Power of Mind Map: Get More Things Done & Make Creativity Easy

You have a big project coming up, or a bunch of tasks, and are overwhelmed by the thought of it. This overload happens to me way too often,[1] but once I began using a #mind map to clarify the direction, the project and tasks don’t seem so frightening. Whatever your position or place of work is, it is natural that you will have #more than one task to handle at any given moment. This could be due to hectic deadlines, a large project made up of many different tasks, or…

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Think Like Steve Jobs: How Design Thinking Leads to Creativity

Outstanding companies such as Apple, Nike and Tesla are all #design-driven companies. These companies adopt design #thinking when they are creating new products and solving business problems. Companies that utilized design thinking experienced a 41% higher market share, a 46% competitive advantage, and customers who were 50% more loyal. They outperformed the average American stock market by 219%.[1] Take Apple as an example, it wasn’t always the mega-success that it is today. In 1997, #Steve #Jobs conducted a major company overhaul.[2] He cut several product lines and pushed the company toward…

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To Make Space for Creativity, Stop Looking for Great Ideas

You’ve probably used a handy invention called “coffee sleeves” if you’ve ever visited a coffee shop.  These insulators make it bearable to hold that super-hot cup of coffee.  Jay Sorensen is the inventor of the coffee sleeve.  He came up with this idea when he was driving his daughter to school when he spilled a cup of coffee in his lap, because the coffee was too hot to hold. It’s common wisdom that innovative #ideas must be original, new, and a flash of #creativity out of the blue. But this belief…

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How Jotting Down Ideas in 30 Seconds Boosts Creativity

An adult has an average of 50,000 thoughts every day. Now try to recall 100 of those thoughts from earlier today. Pretty hard, right? It’s normal to forget most of them as our brains have to filter out unnecessary information so that we don’t go insane. [1] The problem is that we forget a lot of great #ideas along the way. Great ideas often come when a person is unprepared Most of the time great ideas come from diffused mode: Thoughts come to you in this state when you’re not intently focused. Daydreaming or…

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If You Insist Your Children to Paint the Sky Blue, You're Murdering Their Creativity

Your child comes home and presents you with a drawing of your house. There’s a #blue house, a yellow sun, and a green sky. You admire #their handiwork and then gently ask why the sky is green. Shouldn’t it be blue? Most teachers and parents would have the same reaction, but before you speak, stop! That innocent little comment carries a powerful punch. Unbeknownst to you, you are about to squelch your child’s natural developing #creativity. Everyone has the ability to be creative, however, Professor of Biology and neurobiologist Erin…

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