Creativity is somewhat of a strange topic, many people seem to think they have this inherent disability to not be creative. I’ve met people who think creativity is something that naturally comes when you’re born; you either have it or you don’t. Well, if that’s what you think, then you should be gladly mistaken!
When I was younger I would always say that I wasn’t a creative person. This idea came from seeing other pupils in School seeming to be naturally creative. They would be able to draw really cool cartoons and think in an ‘out-of-the-box’ way. When I was in School I longed to have this ability but it seemed so far away from me, but 4 years ago I started to actually ask the question, “What is creativity?”
What Is Creativity?
In the dictionary creativity is defined as: The use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness: firms are keen to encourage creativity.
When I read this, I started to see that the word use was so important. You had to use your imagination! Now that probably seems obvious to most, but when you really think about it, some people do really think they have an inability to be creative because it’s not part of who they are. What I learnt from the word use was that to be creative you have to consistently practice.
“Creativity isn’t something that people are naturally born with, it’s a muscle that you have to use and strengthen”
When I realised this, I started to try and become more creative. I started drawing and using Photoshop, now I wasn’t the best and everything probably looked terrible. In fact it did. I’m currently looking at all of my School work I did on Photoshop CS, and it’s making me cry.
But somewhere along the line of me flexing my creative muscle in my brain, I started to think more outside the box, and I can see this from when I started my career to now. I can see that my work is now looking more creative; out of the box. This is something that can be achieved by anyone. Everyone has muscles, some people have stronger and more prominent muscles because they’ve worked out in the gym and intentionally gone out of their way to make sure they’re a beef-cake. It’s the same with creativity, it’s a muscle that grows in time that you need to maintain on a regular basis otherwise you’ll lose it.
You Are Creative
I hope after reading this post, you’ll have a fresh revelation on what creativity is and how you can acquire it. My challenge for you is to start flexing your creative muscle. Whether if it’s just playing your guitar in a strange way, or if it’s doodling a concept for a logo design on a piece of paper or an iPad. Use different equipment and don’t limit yourself. Get creative!