I have always been peaked by the topic of “creativity”. What is it, how does it work, who is good at it, what hinders us. These are all great topics to discuss in this field. In brief creativity is putting things together. This can be logical, virtual, material or spiritual. It could be the foundation of a business, or it could be something with no economic engine attached. Creativity could touch any industry including both technical and non-technichal. Creativity could makes things better or worst. Most of the time creativity is entrepreneurial and starts a business with an economic engine.
Creativity usually starts with the fun of wondering why or if. So how could I for instance couple my love for beauty, nature, photography, and business into a creative enterprize.
The road to creativity sometimes also requires the removal of a few thoughts such as: “it cannot be done”, “who would like that” or “that makes no sense”.
Creativity is usually defines as thinking up something new or a new way to do an old thing. Sometimes it is the next step, other times it is a big leap. Sometimes ideas are quickly adopted, sometimes society or culture is not ready. Creativity could involve change or involve just a new away of thinking about something. Change is hard for people, so small steps is best and easier for a future to accept.
There are other hinderances to Creativity such as “fear”. That hinderance is a hard one to address because every creative person want people to accept or adopt the new creative thing. If there is a fear that people will not accept the new idea, some inventors will simply not invent it. Creativity stops right there. But fear can involve other rings like concern for something being mis-used or mis-understood.
So we will consider what kind of a person is creative, what helps and what hinders. Are there sociological factors, biological factors or educational factors that affect creativity. Is it an internal or external thinking operation. Are more inventions considered in the morning or evening, over coffee or over beer?
When one considers Thomas Edison, when and how did he create new inventions. Did he time the invention of the electric light for optimal productivity and results? Is there something special about Edison that helped him be creative? What can we learn from him. Was he motivated by economics?
Are there mental or physical exercises to help me be more creative? Does travel or reading work? Does learning new things help? How does one build a culture of innovation in a company.
October 25, 2014