The Key to Creativity & Getting More of It

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Curiosity

Increase your curiosity and you will increase your creativity. If we aren’t curious we aren’t asking questions. Creativity is about finding an answer. Solving a problem. We were all creative as children. Small children are very curious and much of what they see ends up in their mouth as they try to figure out what something is. As we get older we ask questions. My son spent a whole year consistently asking me, “What’s it do mommy, what’s it do?” He eventually abbreviated to just, “do” and pointed his little finger around saying do. He was curious and his curiosity motivated him to learn more.

Motivation

We can want to be something all day, but if we aren’t motivated nothing will happen. It might be easier just to say I don’t want to then to keep saying we want to and never doing anything about it. Have you ever told someone about your latest trip, your second job, the hobby you have, how you just went back to college, how you are moving, or changing your life and they react, “Well I can’t do that. We have softball practice.” You may be busy, but so are we. We will do things when the motivation is there. Ned Herrmann says in his book, The Creative Brain, that the key to living creatively is passion. A highly compelling, energetic attention to something. Passion drives and when we are passionate we are motivated and accomplish amazing things despite the obstacles.

An Urge to Solve

We have to step outside our adult working selves and develop our own urges. I believe many of us show up to the working world eager and motivated to solve problems, but the dysfunction of most companies squelches our hopes for contributing anything beneficial. I showed up to my current employer ready to put my expensive MBA to use and then when they paid for me to get my Lean Six Sigma Black Belt I thought I was ready to solve every process problem they had, but guess what? I have to self-gratify with side projects to satisfy my urge to solve problems. They want me to solve some problems, but rarely to the extent they should or that would be of any real benefit. We must not let our experiences in the world dictate what we do in our own lives. We can solve problems whether or not our employer, parents, spouse, friends, or family support that. Acting on our urge to solve problems is a way to become more creative and if that is what you want to be then be it.

The Desire to Deal with Something

I have poured hours upon hours trying to coach my multi-talented, artistic, adult daughter who has more talent in her little pinky then I do in my entire body. She could literally do anything she set her mind to. She is an amazing photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, dabbles in painting, drawing, and I believe could be a great writer, but she lacks a vital thing-desire. She has no desire to deal with something. She knows she is creative, she knows she is talented, she has overcome fear and is more than willing to create whatever comes to her mind, but she lacks the desire to deal with actually doing her art. Ultimately, she will have to decide she wants to. Until then she will continue to dream about creating an art store, selling paintings, getting her Instagram going, and writing that story that is in her head. She is like the ladies in the hallway griping because they didn’t get the job. Well go get the degree.

Writer, analyst, life-long learner, and obsessed about improving life and work processes. Connect at marcypedersen@icloud.com

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