Creativity, Freeing That Angel from the Marble

         A Few Thoughts On Creativity


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1. the state or quality of being creative 

2. the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.

Some synonyms include imagination, inspiration, vision and originality.

Inspiration? Vision? Progressiveness? No wonder we put a high value on this quality. As a society we certainly view creativity as a key element to achieving  successful work. Therefore, I found all these little tid bits about this trait interesting, hope you do as well.

According to this headline from Newsweek we have a creativity crisis here in the United States:

“The Creativity Crisis

For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong—and how we can fix it.”

We can take zillions of creativity tests online [Hint-if it takes a test to determine,  you’re probably not].

Multitudes of articles, books and seminars are out there,  all designed to help increase your creativity; “19 steps to increase your creativity” [like this one?]. Hummm, what does that say about us?

Some interesting quotations on the subject

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. ~Michelangelo

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! ~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

The Possible’s slow fuse is lit By the Imagination. ~Emily Dickinson

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. ~George Smith Patton, War as I Knew It, 1947

Don’t expect anything original from an echo. ~Author Unknown

Here’s some suggestions I found to boost creativity,  [ come to think about  it, several of  these  apply to life in general, not just creativity].

1-Schedule time regularly to concentrate on some type of creative project. It takes time to develop your creative talents.

2- Build Your Confidence

Insecurity in your abilities can suppress creativity, which is why it is important to build confidence.

3- Fight Your Fear of Failure

Let’s face it, many of us are afraid of failure and that  stifles creativity. If this  is a problem for you, remember that mistakes are simply part of the process, we learn something. Behind every “master piece” there are plenty of  those“learning experiences“..

3-Part 2-Be Willing to Take Risks

This goes back to #3. Creativity requires taking some risks. True  sometimes things don’t turn out as you planned, but playing it safe rarely produces a masterpiece.  Occasionally, try a new direction in your work or a new technique. Climb out on that limb!

So-Free That Angel from the Marble!  Go Forth and Create!! 

I created something!