According to a survey conducted by IBM in 2010, it was found that among the 1,500 chief executives from 60 countries in 33 industries worldwide, who had iterated "creativity" as the most important element for them to ride over the increasingly troubled economy. "Creativity" and its corollary "Innovation" is often wished for in any organisation, but is seldom delivered. Why? In the most simplest of analogy, "Creativity" is a gift of the mind of a forward moving individual. You also have to be an optimist to be creative. It often comes without warning. Sort of like sudden death, except that instead of dying, you rise above the crowd and live another day! But seriously, for those who had lived with the thoughts, creativity is not that difficult to grasp because you can develop that skill if only you know how. Don't ask the professor how to go about it because he will not know about anyway. Worst off, he might refer you to a textbook to read! But lucky for you, there is a way.
Here is the secret: The ABC of being creative - simple and easy to follow!
1. You must be positive and you must think you can (even if you have never created anything).
According to a new research led by Jason Moser, a psychologist at the Michigan State University, it appears that there is biological evidence to suggest that the world is made up of positive and negative people. The proportion is three in five people will react negatively. It also seems that it is already hardwired and further distinguishes that more people in the third world are negatively inclined. But whatever is the find, there is the possibility that people can turn positive if only they are told that they “can” do it.
First of all, we are born positive. When we see children playing, we will come with the impression that there is nothing to stop them from happily interacting with their peers except on occasions where their parents are present. Parents being naturally protective do often give cautions to their children not to play until they hurt themselves. And it is those little cautions that do the damage. Little do they know, as the child ages, they absorbed all those negativity into their lives such that it began to rule their lives?
Negativity can be overturn if only you know how. But if you are faced with a problem, you will somehow want to solve it, and you only turn negative as you ponder over it and failing to come up with an answer. Most adults take the easy path of admitting that they could not do anything about as they could not afford the time to think about the problem. Right in their mind, there will have thoughts that someone will come to solve it for them anyway, so why bother. But we need to be brave once in a while and we must volunteer to solve the problem. Responsibility is a “yes” word and you will need to tell yourself that reliance on somebody else will raise the question on why is it that you came into this world!
2. You must think that you are going to Disrupt the scene (with a good intention).
People often say that you are cheeky if you are going to disrupt a proceeding. Of course there are people who are born biologically cheeky but we should not want to imitate them as the consequence could prove dire for the community. Yet, if no body feel noble enough to go out there to disrupt, then there will be no advancement in terms of technology or even the way we do something in a more efficient way. In short, don’t make change for the sake of change. Fortunately there are people who are predisposed to disrupt, not for the sake of fun but for the sake of a better world.
Disrupt used to be a dirty word until some engineers from Kodak invented the digital camera system. Unfortunately for Kodak, they did not do anything or the directors took the convenient step to just ignore the invention. What that little step of an invention took the world by storm is already history as it would not be normal if you do not carry a camera phone in your pocket. Kodak was very comfortable with their photographic films as they can see the huge revenue coming their way by not just supplying films and cheap cameras, but also other camera producers popularising taking pictures. At that time we should be reminded that every time we take a photo, we will have to send it to a photo studio to have the film processed – and Kodak is there to collect the revenue! At the end of the day, we are better off with disruption, the kind that shakes up the world and turn it to a better environment.
3. And finally, ask yourself "WHY NOT THIS" or "WHY NOT THIS WAY"
The knowledgeable and the daring will often ask themselves “why don’t we do this” and “why don’t we do that” and continue to think of a way out of the ordinary. When they can pull off the cap, they will feel honoured. So unlike the meek, go out there to ask questions as to why certain things should be done another way. Of course there is no guarantee that if you do things other than the way people do, you will succeed in anything. You might be ahead of your time but that does not matter because what you do would most likely be recorded (if you know how). You might have invented a way to do things using renewable energy (which might be pricy now) but it will matter when renewable energy fuel flooded the world.
4. Lo and behold, you will be surprised that the idea finally come about (might even be in your dreams).
Try it yourself. It might not work the first time but if you practise it hard enough, it will come about. Simple mind bending technique that has eluded people whose job is to help bring about change.
The other thing about creativity is that you will need to be well read in the technicals. To be able to vision how things work will add to your ability to be creative. Often enough you will need to think differently from the rest of the crowd. But when you tell about what you think (differently), you might have to face ridicue. That will be the first sign that you are on to something. All you have to do is to keep it to yourself and continue to evolve the idea. If you can afford it then try to make a rough prototype to test it out. It is the same if it is a software thingy. It is also the same technic if you are doing a piece of art. However if the process were to take too long a time, please do not feel that you are wasting your time as you would have known how many times did Edison spent perfecting the light bulb.
The last thing before you try to be creative is that you must be able to see what others don't see. In a way you must have a great power of visualisation - you see what you are not suppose to see at least in other people's term. Visualisation is an art but you will excel in it if you are knowledgeable about the workings of how thing moves. Some gifted people are good at visualising movements while some people are only good at visualising static images. Some will need to draw them out before they are sure of what they visualise. You may want to test yourself with the above diagram. Just do a count of the number of squares. The correct answer is shown below.
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The ideas metioned above is culled from many years of being involved with inventors and the study of how they become to be creative. Good luck.