Creativity needs a problem for solving!
Creativity by the artist C.W. Taylor is described as: "expressive, productive, inventive, innovative and emergent." And the psychologist Hermann believes that everyone has a creative potential that can be expressed through artistic and scientific creativity. Also by the realization of something new that may be an idea, a plan even a new friendship. It begins with the existence of a problem that needs solving! So do you have the creative eyes to see things differently, and what're the challenges to be a creative person?
It’s not difficult of being creative, it’s difficult for you to be understood by others most of the times. People perceive creative people as risky & careless. Creative people always see the possibility in the world when most people only see the way that they have been told with ignorance of invisible, or intangible things. Sometimes, the creative one processes so many connections that depend on unusual analogies and chains of thought that might be completely new. It might take years for the popular culture to process and find the same connections valid.
Another problem is the difficulties and challenges of the creative's responsibilities. The inspiration happens, but it's so bright and electric, it may take a lot of work on the creative one's part to "communicate" with his or her audience. Connections can be spelled out. Analogies can be noted. Chains of thought that can lead to those inspirations can be told as stories. But not each of these needs is always included in the creative's repertoire of skills. Hence, creativity now is often the teamwork, people with complementary skills co-creative and transform novel ideas to achieve its business values.
The problem is never to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Creative people tend to be non-conformists, or, at least, appear to be, however, that is just the way they think, not really intentional. Creative people judge the world for themselves and they are skeptical of but open with outside opinions. Creative people define and create their own convention that they live by in comparison to everyone else who just accept or inherit their convention to live by.
Creative thinking and critical thinking often works in tandem for problem solving: Critical thinking requires an ability to be able to not only ask the right questions but rather absorb information forecast potentials; risks/benefits; mitigation and compare and contrast options, facts, the idea of logic and creativity. Getting input from a broad range of personalities and cognitive difference of people on the particular matter. Stop and think both in macro and micro way, and try to tie inter-dependencies into the mix and believe, to your core, you still missing "something." It's then that critical thinking will be able to help drive improvement, extends to creative thinking, creating new ideas or solutions and make them stick or successfully. Critical thinking is essential for making decisions based on the careful and comprehensive analysis while creative thinking "creates" possibilities. In other words, critical narrows and creative expands. Engaging and believing, is the door to critical thinking.
Creativity flourishes in solitude. With quietness, you can hear your thoughts, you can reach deep within yourself, you can focus. Of course, there are lots of ways to find this solitude, this is first when it comes to nurturing creativity: participation matters as well. This can come in many forms, but it requires connecting with others, being inspired by others, reading others, collaborating with others. But how can you have both solitude and participation?! this is the point. They obviously have to come at different times. Finding the balance is key, of course, but it takes a conscious effort, this time, is for solitude, and the other time is for participation; both are important because you need inspiration from without, but you need creation from within.
“The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes, in seeing the universe through the eyes of another, of hundreds of others, in seeing the hundreds of universes that each of them sees." ~ Marcel Proust |