Saturday, February 11, 2017
We have learned along the way, mostly through self deprecation that creativity is something that belongs to the arts. In truth we are creative every day. The way we see things, the way we solve problems, the way we discuss thoughts and feelings all involve us being creative. Creativity is the way we are and have been since we were quite young.
What happened along the way is that we are told that there are rules to follow. And most of us, not being rule breakers, followed along with what we have been told. When we go to school there are small bouts of creativity that is put down to work rather than being insightful or helpful. We are not encouraged to be creative unless we are in certain classes and even then our creativity is bogged down by the rules of that class. We are controlled by our friendships where creativity may not be valued because it involves individual values over group values.
Yet creativity is the most sought after commodity in the workplace. It shows we are thinking deeper about thoughts and ideas, willing to explore opportunities and possibilities. It allows us to develop interesting ideas and follow thought processes to see outcomes. Creativity is what allows us to live happy lives.