What is Creativity? | Creativity | Creativity Quotes
What is Creativity? Creativity is a word boasting a magnitude of stature in today’s society. Today, we are going to explore the idea of ’creativity’ or ‘creativeness’ and take it off it’s pedestal.
The word creativity is very often associated with the revolutionary minds of Albert Einstein and William Shakespeare and in modern day with the late Steve Jobs (CEO – Apple) and ‘the Google guys’. Undoubtedly, their works highlight creativity on a substantial scale – known to the world. However, creativity is also developed and implemented on a much smaller scale – often unknown to the world.
So, precisely, what is creativity? Think of one person that you deem to be creative… Conventionally thinking you may think of someone that is involved in science, literature or the arts but I encourage you to think wider. Derren Brown? Jimmy Choo? Jim Carey? Lionel Messi? Michael McIntyre… Think lower scale gain. Think of someone you know personally… A school teacher? A politician? A boyfriend planning his proposal? The word creativity lies with what you deem to be creative.
Case study: When teaching a group of six year old children poetry (A study into the Teaching and Learning of Poetry in Primary Schools); I took the group on a mental-guided journey. I encouraged them to think of a place to start their journey, for example, where the wind is blowing heavily or the sun is shining brightly to generate a visual stimulus. After a group discussion we started to write our own poems. One poem read:
“One sunny day I sor cloudz dancin in the breez
And the buterflys fluterin in the sky” [sic]
[Sic] means intentionally mis-spelt
What word would you use to describe this? Imaginative? adventurous? creative? If you deem this to be creative, then I agree. You evidently appreciate creativity on a small scale. Without further ado, I present to you, the punchline…
If a six year old can be creative, you can too!
So, what is creativity? Not everyone will be academically minded, but everyone has a mind, which has the capacity to be creative, imaginative and intelligent in any aspect or field.
Creativity is saying, it can when ten others say, it can’t.
“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.”
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.”
“Anytime I have an idea, I’ll make sure that I put it down so that when we do sit down to write an album, I don’t have to dream it all out of thin air. I don’t have to be creative on the spur of the moment, or spontaneously artistic. I just take advantage of whenever creativity strikes.”
“Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.”
“Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.”
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”
Edward de Bono
“Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.”
Edward de Bono
“Creativity is a highfalutin word for the work I have to do between now and Tuesday.”
“Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.”
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”