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Creativity:  Approaching a Need, a Task or an Idea from a New Perspective

Find a New Perspective

Creativity requires an enlarged perspective so that a person can discover and apply the relevant principles.

When looking at a light bulb, for example, a creative person sees a glass-encased vacuum and a filament that transforms electricity into light. Many people know what a light bulb is and even how it works, but a creative person grasps the principles at work, and this knowledge helps a creative person apply ideas in new ways.

Seek New Ideas

A creative person must also approach a need from as many angles as possible. The way something was done in the past is not necessarily the best way to do it now. Problems often have multiple solutions. A person can often draw on experience or knowledge in other areas, and a person has a better chance of finding the best answer if he or she explores several options.

Whether analyzing tangibles such as light bulbs, or intangibles such as personnel matters, customer needs, or market trends, a creative person must not become bound by the issue at hand.

Keep Trying

Many who lack creativity blame their underachievement on a supposed shortage of resources, time, or opportunities, but creativity is a choice, not a condition. Implementing a new idea requires hard work, resourcefulness, and patience.

See needs, identify the facts, recognize the limitations, try a different perspective, and evaluate the results—then try again.

Whatever your current need or challenge is, reap the benefits of applying the principles of creativity.

The following video is a TED talk on creativity, specifically the thought process behind creative folks or what the speaker calls “originals”.

The call to be creative is one that is fraught with fear and ridicule, be bold and take risks to approach a problem with a new perspective!

 Keys to Building Creativity

1. Hone Your Skills - You are never so good that you can’t improve, so look for books, experts, activities, and training to polish your existing skills, develop your interests, and help you stay on the cutting edge.

2. Collect Ideas - Read widely and brainstorm with others.

3. Think Outside the Box - Ask yourself how you can improve on what others have already accomplished and try to approach it from a slightly different angle.

4. Give it a Try - Make the best decision possible and if the benefits outweigh the risk, try it.

5. Try it Again - Don’t give up on a good idea because of initial disappointments, observe what didn’t work and try again.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”― Albert Einstein

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