“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”
– Pablo Picasso
I’ve been spending a lot of time learning about creative people lately, and it’s gotten me thinking about the idea of creativity. I find myself wondering how these individuals that we view as being great creative minds actually work. You might say that creativity as an inherent trait that some are born with and others without. And to some extent, you’d be right. However, I also believe that creativity is intrinsic to our humanity. We are born creative beings. We learn to problem solve, associate, and communicate in new ways at an incredibly rapid pace throughout our formative years. What’s more, our ancestors have been doing that and moving us collectively forward for generations. I think that creativity is baked into our DNA. It’s hard for me to believe, therefore, that only the chosen few are capable of true creativity. I think that it’s more likely that these individuals have somehow retained and honed the skills they had as children as they first learned how to navigate this world. And I think that those of us who have forgotten those skills can regain them. Do I believe that we can learn to be the next Steve Jobs? Not really. But I am saying that you can become the Steve Jobs of your own life. You can use the skills of creativity to revolutionize your profession, your relationships, and your ability to genuinely express yourself.
I’m learning how do to this by studying the lives of creatives that I admire and I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it over the next month or so. How do you find ways to be more creative?