As previously written, 33 epic ways to stay creative, in this writing we will try to uncover our hidden creativity. How are we going to do that?
I firmly believe everyone is creative in different way, even if one has the dullest way showing creativity. For example, by gathering 10 people and making a brainstorm, one of participants can provide us with the worst ideas a human can possibly think of, but as the conversations adds up we will conclude that the best idea aroused by the combination of the worst and the best case scenarios. As Paulo Coelho quotes it:
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1. “Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.”
However impossible it may sound, we are able to do ALL the things above. It’s about how we want to be compared to the work we are going to do. If you want to sell, say, a dates with expired date, ask yourself the question: “Would I like to buy dates with expired date?” I would say that we all know the answer to that question.
Treat the world as you want to be treated and you will never find yourself in a situation you don’t deserve.
2. “Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.”
Even if you’re not the reading type, you have to acknowledge that all the wisdom lies in books. Everything you need to know, you will find in a good selection of books. You have to examine what genre of books you like to read (I myself am a self-improvement type of reader).
I encourage you to start reading. Make it a habit. Even 5-10 pages are good for starters.
Also, a book is one of the best ways to increase your visualization. And now imagine that visualization waits to be upgraded by your unread library …
3. “The artist is a collector. Not a hoarder because there’s a difference. Hoarders collect indiscriminately, artists collect selectively. They only collect things that they really love.”
“The artist is a collector of things imaginary or real. He accumulates things with the same enthusiasm that a little boy stuffs his pockets. The scrap heap and the museum are embraced with equal curiosity. He takes snapshots, makes notes and records impressions on tablecloths or newspapers, on backs of envelopes or matchbooks. Why one thing and not another is part of the mystery, but he is omnivorous.” – Quote by Paul Rand: “A Designer’s Art”
4. “Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing.”
Creative people, which I believe are all, need to sit in a quiet room at a particular time with nothing but their bodies resting on a chair or bed. Creativity needs time to develop, like a photograph in a dark room. Creativity doesn’t beget in a crowd. It needs rest and time to develop in a quiet place left all alone with its flow.
5. “If you copy from one author, it’s plagiarism, but if you copy from many, it’s research.”
Coming from the second tip to be creative, we conclude that copying and using information from different variable of authors and artists makes a whole. I don’t support anyone who is trying to copy only one author throughout his life, but to formulate his own uniqueness relying on different geniuses that spread their information’s one way or another (books, movies, clips, audio books, live presentations, etc …)
It’s about creating ourselves from the roots left by our predecessors. Think about it.
6. “You don’t want to look like your heroes; you want to see like your heroes.”
We see many people trying to copy the heroes they selected in which they would like to see themselves in the future self-image. Not many people understand that looks never plays role in the vision we would like to pursue.
The thing is, we need to see through the eyes of our heroes, get in their heads from their writings and observe the way they formulate way of thinking. It’s best to see from the eyes of our heroes because that’s what drags us to become their followers.
Bottom line: don’t look like your heroes, but figure out a way to see through their eyes.
7. “Be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else – that’s how you’ll get ahead.”
Create a world in which curiosity will carry you everywhere. Question everything in your world, since every individual perceives another dimension on his own. Every invention was once slope of unrevealed questions.
By connecting dots and getting deeper than anyone before, we invent something new and thing that no one has ever seen before. Go there and find out, whatever that is to you.
8. “Start copying what you love. Copy, copy, copy, copy. At the end of the copy you will find yourself.”
Easily explained, follow what you love. If we do the things we love we will always find our best outcome. It’s the ones we don’t love that we do that lead us downhill.
Learn to say no to things you don’t like and beat your fear by the fu*k it as a motivational factor. You will never end up in a situation you don’t belong.
9. “Your brain gets too comfortable in your everyday surroundings. You need to make it uncomfortable. You need to spend some time in another land, among people that do things different than you. Travel makes the world look new, and when the world looks new, our brains work harder.”
When we love being comfortable, it should be an alert to switch sides. No one ever made it from the comfort zone.
Instead, we should travel to reveal what the world has to offer. There is a wonder-world out there waiting to be explored. One athlete used to say: “Find comfort in the discomfort. That’s how you make positive contrast in your life.”