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Ten ideas on how to be more creative

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Perspectives of creativity coaches, psychologists and artists on how to develop creativity.

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Ten ideas on how to be more creative

  1. 1. Ten Ideas On How ToBe More CreativePerspectives of coaches, psychologists and artistsby Douglas Eby
  2. 2. "If you’re notprepared to bewrong, you’ll nevercome up withanything original.”Ken RobinsonFrom TED presentation: Do schools kill creativity?
  3. 3. “I hope I’m becoming more eccentric. More room inthe brain.” Musician Tom WaitsPsychologist Robert Ornstein notes, “If you spend toomuch time being like everybody else, you decrease yourchances of coming up with something different.”From post: Being eccentric and creative
  4. 4. "Theres zerocorrelation betweenbeing the besttalker and havingthe best ideas."Susan CainFrom her TED video "The power of introverts" - included inmy article To Be More Creative, Be An Introvert
  5. 5. "I went through a mental shift... Irealized that people like me, girlswith skin the color of chocolate,whose kinky hair could not formponytails, could also exist inliterature. I started to write aboutthings I recognized."Novelist Chimamanda AdichieSee her TED Talk:Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story
  6. 6. "There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that istranslated through you into action, and because there isonly one of you in all time, this expression is unique."And if you block it, it will never exist through any othermedium and will be lost. The world will not have it."It is not your business to determine how good it is, norhow valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions."
  7. 7. "It is your business to keep ityours clearly and directly, to keepthe channel open."You do not even have to believein yourself or your work."Martha GrahamFrom post: Be More Creative: Keep the Channel Open
  8. 8. "There’s a creative side toeveryone but most people hidetheir creative side due to fear.Perhaps it’s time to take somerisks and try lots of new things."Cognitive psychologistScott Barry KaufmanFrom post: Scott Barry Kaufman on Kick-starting Your Creativity
  9. 9. “I find that question verydaunting: What’s yourpassion? I find that almostparalyzing, in a way."I find it less paralyzing tosay, What are you interestedin doing next?”Author Daniel PinkSee post: It takes more than feeling passionate
  10. 10. “The sensitivity and the ability to gothere, to create – wherever ‘there’ maybe – is a gift and a talent. But gettingstuck there is no fun for anyone, and isnot required in order to do good work."If you can take good care of yourself,and then visit there, everybody wins.”From post: Creative People and Mental Health: Interviewwith Psychologist Cheryl Arutt
  11. 11. “Anxiety is the great silencer of thecreative person… Are you creatingless often than you would like? Areyou avoiding your creative workaltogether? Do you procrastinate?That’s anxiety.”Author and psychologist Eric MaiselFrom post: To Be More Creative Deal With Anxiety
  12. 12. “It is also good every so often to goaway and relax a little for when youcome back to your work your judgmentwill be better, since to remainconstantly at work causes you todeceive yourself.”Leonardo da VinciFrom post: What is our rush? Freeing yourself from pressureThis need to "get away" from work and other people,even our own overactive minds, is especially importantfor introverted and/or highly sensitive people, who areoften creators and innovators.
  13. 13. talentdevelop.comPresenter: Douglas Eby,M.A./PsychologyCreator of theTalent Development Resourcesseries of sites :
  14. 14. Get more information and inspirationto enhance creative expression inmy newsletter :Developing Creativity