We often forget how important creativity is. Every child is creative, but somewhere in live we lose our creative abilities. I think our creativity gets crushed under the massive pile of books that we have to learn by heart in various educational institutions, and after a while we are so focused on learning things by heart and to do everything the right way, and suddenly there’s no room for creativity.
While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die – whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.
I don’t think we realise how valuable creativity is in our personal lives and in business. Let’s start with taking a look at the importance of creativity in the business world. Creativity is vital in the creation of new products, new ideas, advertisement and problem solving. If you look at it creativity is vital in every process of most businesses, because most businesses follow this pattern. You first have to create the product or come up with an idea of a service you want to sell. Then you have to advertise the product, and you always have to solve problems, and many of these problems won’t have a straight forward solution, and therefore you have to be creative.
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
Edward de Bono
The personal benefits of creativity are different. While you in business use creativity as a tool to succeed, the personal benefits of creativity are joy and peace. Creativity is a great way to express your emotions, and think we all have experienced how good it’s to express what we fell. This isn’t about how you express your emotions, but that you do it. Another good thing about being creative is that you use the right part of your brain. The left side of the brain is the side you use the most in the daily life, and it’s main tasks is logic, facts, math and language, and after a long day at work this part of the brain will most likely be tired, and therefore being creative and access emotions and imagination will rest the left part of the brain, and use the right side instead. This will be relaxing and give you new energy.
Personally I try to paint as often I can. I’m not a great painter, but I enjoy it, and it’s a great emotional release. What creative spare time activities do you have?
Well married, a person has wings, poorly married shackles. – Henry Ward Beecher
The persons that you have in your life affect you. They can make you feel happiness, hope and courage, or they can make you feel limited and small. Surround yourself with people who make you the best version of yourselves.
I had a friend once that whenever I said that I had a dream about doing something great and difficult, he answered me with raised eyebrows and the words “huh, you wish. You aren’t good enough to do that!” I always felt small and useless around him. After a while I decided that I didn’t want to be treated that way, and I stopped spending time with him, and I started to spend time with people who believed in me and supported me. The result was that I became happier and more confident. I wasn’t afraid of not being good enough anymore, but I tried, and if I failed I tried again.
The people that you spend time with affect you, and how you feel about yourself. Don’t waste your time with people who make you feel miserable. You are worth more than that. I think sometimes you have to be a bit cynical and protect yourself first. If you have friends who destroy your dreams and hopes, then find new friends. I believe that every dream can come true as long as you have the courage to believe you can do it, but if you have people in your life that destroy your confidence in yourself and your dreams, it will be so much more difficult to make your dreams come true. So cut them loose, and be with people who encourage you, and gives you confidence.
When you start doing something new it’s both exciting and terrifying at the same time. A new world is reviled to you, and you absorb everything, every feeling, every sound and every new bit of information.
This was how it felt for me when I started blogging two weeks ago, and it continued when I made my own website williamcharlesblackwell.net a few days ago. Before I started I thought that I had everything under control, and that it would go smoothly, but it has been an uphill battle, not in a bad way, but in a challenging and good way.
I think it’s the same way with other things too, you can think you have everything under control when you start, but when you actually stand there you have no idea what you are supposed to do, and you just have to take a leap.
Don’t be afraid to do new things. You have to be willing to fail to succeed. No one are able to do something perfect the first time. Thomas Edison tried almost 10 000 times before he managed to make the light bulb, and he isn’t remembered for all the times he failed, but he’s remembered for succeeding.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas A. Edison
Many of us go through life and wait for the big things, those exiting moments where everything changes, and so we wait…
We continue waiting and waiting and waiting and planning the next big exciting moment, but what we don’t realise are that we miss out on a lot of great moments. Someone once said “All those moments that passed me by; I didn’t know that they were life.” What I am saying is that when we are focused on planning the future, we forget to enjoy the present. I am not saying that we shouldn’t plan the future, we should, but I wonder if we sometimes are so obsessed with the future that we forget to enjoy the present. The greatest moments in my life haven’t been big, but the best moments are moments that passes in an blink of an eye, but was filled with such joy, love and beauty that those small things remains in my mind and heart even though the moment has passed.
I wonder what life would be like if we managed to live like today was our last day, but plan as we would live a thousand years. To enjoy every moment, and everything to the fullest, and at the same time make choices that are beneficial over time.
“Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson