Chances are, if you don’t work in a “creative” industry like advertising or the arts, you may not spend a lot of time thinking about creativity. Your job might not call for creativity in the traditional sense of the word. But no matter what you do, you will run into problems at work. Some of those problems can be conquered with creative solutions.
When it comes to creativity, there is no shortage of quotes and anecdotes about what creativity is, and how to be creative. Here are just a few. Maybe you haven’t thought much about creativity. Or maybe you don’t think of yourself as a creative person. If you’d like to be more creative, the question becomes, can you? How do you begin to get those creative juices flowing? We decided to look a little bit deeper into a couple of quotes about creativity to find out.
Pablo Picasso – The Artist
Pablo Picasso said that, “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” The truth of this is easy to see. This line of thinking suggests that we all start out as creative, and some of us lose the inclination as we age. It’s no secret that children lack many of the inhibitions we slowly age into. This leaves kids able to explore and make mistakes without the fear of what others may think. Often too, with the rules of the world coming into focus as we get older, our imaginations can dwindle. Children are the most inventive because they don’t care what the rules are.
Leo Burnett – The Business Man
Leo Burnett started one of the worlds most successful advertising agencies. He said this about creativity. “Curiosity in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” They say that curiosity is a cat killer, but Leo Burnett suggests that being curious, asking questions, and investigating why things are they way they are is the secret to creativity. Looking at any small thing and wondering about it gets your thoughts moving and looking for ways something can be done differently.
Albert Einstein – The Genius
Perhaps the most famous smart guy ever, Albert Einstein said that, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” The key takeaway from this sounds like it should be the “having fun” part, but I think the focus should be on the bit about intelligence. A common phrase among writers is to write what you know. This old adage suggests that you must know your subject before you write about it. The same is suggested by Albert Einstein, to be creative, you must first have the intelligence, and then you can have fun with it.
So Turn on Your Creativity
If you’re faced with a problem at work, or you’re just looking to turn you on your creative faucet, follow the advice of these three. Leave your inhibitions behind and don’t focus on what you think is possible. Always be curious about the situation. Ask questions and poke and prod at a thing, no matter how small it may seem. Finally, learn about stuff. Learn everything you can about the problem at work, or whatever interests you. Then let that intelligence play around.