9 Attitudes of Highly Creative People

1. Curiosity

Well, I wonder what a Creative would do without being curious. Curiosity is basic! Must be, surely. I remember as a child I drove people nuts by constantly asking WHY? Not as if I got lots of answers, but because I didn’t I started looking for my own ’s. Curiosity started me off see the world, reading books, singing … I just wanted to know how I would do it, if I can do it at all. I am rarely curious about knowing facts or points of views. I am curious about knowing what I can do, and how I can do it best…

2. Seeing Problems as Interesting and Acceptable

I differentiate problems to two categories. Probems to be resolved. These ones I find exciting and interesting. I love finding new ways to get out of a tricky situation, or finding the way how to do something at all or in a different way. But when it comes to problems related to people, I am no good. I get irritated. I am not very accepting or tolerating problems’ with others. I would quickly get the problems (or the people) out of the way and march on. Cant say it is working!

3. Confronting Challenge

Many of the most creative ideas through out history have come from people facing a challenge or crisis and rather than running from it asking ‘how can I overcome this’?

Yes, this is one of mine! I love it! I love asking the question, how can I overcome it? Or even, how can I make it better, how can I improve this? How can I prevent this to happen again? I am getting little carried away here, since I am also aware that the world is not my (personal) oyster and others have their say too, nevertheless, I do try!

4. Constructive Discontent

Creative people often have an acute awareness of what’s wrong with the world around them – however they are constructive about this awareness and won’t allow themselves to get bogged down in grumbling about it – they take their discontent and let it be a motivation to doing something constructive.

Well this is a tricky one. At the moment I am grumpy and I did get bogged down in grumbling about things I don’t like. Especially because I run out of ideas how to be constructive about it. I am at that stage where it all needs to be accepted as it is, and that is not my cup of tea. I like making a difference not accepting something that does not work for me. Obviously it works for many – they are sustaining it – but I prefer playing on playgrounds where my new ideas welcome and where I can sit on the see-saw whenever I want to – need no permission!

5. Optimism

Creative people generally have a deeply held belief that most (if not all) problems can be solved. No challenge is too big to be overcome and no problem cannot be solved (this doesn’t mean they’re always happy or never depressed – but they don’t generally get stumped by a challenge).

Correct. Nothing more to say. I am like this. :

6. Suspending Judgment

The ability to hold off on judging or critiquing an idea is important in the process of creativity. Often great ideas start as crazy ones – if critique is applied too early the idea will be killed and never developed into something useful and usable. (note – this doesn’t mean there is never a time for critique or judgement in the creative process – it’s actually key – but there is a time and place for it).

BIG ONE FOR ME! I prefer not to be criticized until I am done, and actually, after either. Constructive criticism is a tricky one – I have not met many who can do it well. I am de-learning my mastered criticism. Obviously, I mostly judge my own creation …
I’ve heard a story lately about Walt Disney (or people who work there)’s Three Room creative process,

“He moved the ideas round three rooms, each room had a different function:
Room 1 – The place were dreams were dreamed, ideas were spun out, no restrictions, no limits – just every sort of outrageous creative hunch or idea was freely developed
Room 2 – Here the dreams from Room 1 were co-ordinated and the story board created as events and characters fitted into sequence. (The idea of the story board – now ubiquitous – was a Disney invention)
Room 3 – The “sweat box” – a small room under the stairs where the whole crew would critically review the project to date with no holds barred. The process was safe because it was the project not a particular individual that was being criticised.

Then the idea would return to Room 1 to allow for the work on the project to continue. The cycle always involved the three rooms. The outcome was that either an idea did not survive Room 3 and was abandoned, or it met with silence in Room 3, which indicated it was ready for production.”
(source – http://www.wiredportfolio.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/DisneyPaper.pdf)

7. Seeing Hurdles as leading to improvements and solutions

This relates to some of the above – but by ‘hurdles’ I mean problems and mistakes in the creative process itself. Sometimes it’s on the journey of developing an idea that the real magic happens and it’s often out of the little problems or mistakes that the idea is actually improved.

This is my personal challenge. I eventually stop and give up if I cant get through one of these hurdles. And that is a sad one.

8. Perseverance

Creative people who actually see their ideas come to fruition have the ability to stick with their ideas and see them through – even when the going gets tough. This is what sets apart the great from the good in this whole sphere. Stick-ability is key.

Contrary to what I have just said above, I do have some perseverance in my left pocket and use it quite often. All the time, actually. I have never created anything by a snap of my fingers. I like it, it somehow makes me appreciate my own creations… by persevering they become mine.

9. Flexible Imagination

I love watching a truly creative person at work when they’re ‘on fire’. They have this amazing ability to see a problem or challenge and it’s many potential solutions simultaneously and they have an intuitive knack at being able to bring previously disconnected ideas together in flashes of brilliance that seem so simple – yet which are so impossible to dream up for the average person.

I love doing it, not as if I do a lot of it recently. Unfortunately. I find the imagination works truly inspirational. It is like creating a puzzle in a way, seeing all the separate, unrecognisable pieces finally forming one beautiful picture … it is worth the struggle!



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