10 Things Creative People Do

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Have you ever wondered why some people are more creative than others? Did you ever wish that you had more of that particular gene? The good news is that research shows that happiness and creativity are not only related, they can be developed. Here are 10 ways to jumpstart your creativity, starting now:

1. Listen In: Listen to your intuition and capture your new ideas. Whether from your morning shower, nighttime dreams, when running, in the car, or in nature, keep an idea notebook and jot it down.

2. Mind Your Mindset: When you start something new, you can either choose to put yourself down and succumb to the inner critic (fixed mindset) or enjoy the process of creation (growth mindset).

3. Get in the Flow: Focus on the moment rather than the goal. When you are totally immersed in a creative activity, when hours feel like moments, you open to tapping into something bigger than yourself. Let it flow through you.

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4. Let Your Senses Come Alive: Notice not only how things look, but how they feel in your hand, how they smell, the sounds surrounding you, even the nuances of taste. Don’t forget to listen to your gut — that’s an important sense too!

5. Happiness Spurs Innovation: Sadness inhibits innovative ideas, causing people to exercise more restraint, but happiness expands creative thinking, fresh associations and new perspectives. Remember to take a break and make time for fun! You’ll come back refreshed.

6. Gratitude Rules: Being grateful for where you’re at and “taking in the good” helps sculpt your brain’s neural pathways to receive more of it. Imagine what you are creating. Like an athlete training for peak performance when you visualize something special, your can embody it even more.

7. Seek Out Challenging Tasks: Just for fun, challenge yourself with projects that don’t have solutions, like how to make a horse fly (no — we’re not talking unicorns) or build a perfect model of a part of the body. This opens the mind for all types of strategies, which helps generate fresh ideas.

8. Surround Yourself With Interesting People and Things: Spend time with diverse friends, listen to new music, see new exhibitions to broaden your horizons. Having unusual objects around you also helps you develop original ideas.creativity-poster

9. Learn Something New: By taking a class outside your typical area of interest, you can have a wider range of ideas to draw from and interconnect. Research shows that connecting in new ways is the basis for all creative thought.

10. Know Your Strengths and Passions: Get to know what makes your heart soar, what makes you feel most alive and energized, and use it as fuel for the creative process.

By nourishing your creative side, you’ll bring happiness not only to yourself but to those around you. You’ll also know what you had inside yourself all along. What do you do to tap into your creativity?

Thanks to Randy Taran

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10 Fascinating Insights into Creativity

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1. We say we like creativity, but we really don’t

In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creative people whose ideas have transformed our world. It’s all a lie. This is the thing about creativity that is rarely acknowledged: Most people don’t actually like it. Studies confirm what many creative people have suspected all along: People are biased against creative thinking, despite all of their insistence otherwise.

2. It’s not mess — it’s creativity

Historically, the evidence has favored the tidy camp. Cleanliness, as the proverb says, is next to godliness. But if messiness is so bad, why do so many people tolerate, and even embrace, it?

3. Mental tricks to jumpstart creativity while waiting in line

Breathe, look around, eavesdrop. Your next big breakthrough could be one observation away.

4. Wearing headphones blocks creativity by blocking out real life

They may be a modern day emblem of the ideas-generating classes but the wearing of headphones is stifling original thinking by blocking out real life, one of British advertising’s most revered figures has claimed.

5. Specific smells, colors, and sounds help unleash your creativity

Smelling peppermint, turning up the volume, looking at plants, and smiling all enhance creativity.

6. The creative person’s hierarchy of needs

In a nutshell, as humans, our basic needs are: Physiological, Safety, Love/Belonging, Esteem and Self-Actualization. Creative people have additional needs. Recognizing these needs and making sure they are met are essential to applied creativity.

7. Unexpected ways to spark your creative genius

While a strike of creative genius can’t necessarily be forced, here are a few clever ways to get your juices flowing.

8. John Cleese on 5 factors to make your life more creative

In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 lecture, John Cleese offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and comedic genius. Specifically, Cleese outlines “the 5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative.”

9. Can trauma enhance creativity?

In addition to all the destructive consequences that may follow traumatic experience, some people say it also has power to encourage creative expression.

10. Drugs for Parkinson’s unleash creativity in some patients

In a bad news, good news story, specialists from around the world are reporting Parkinson’s disease patients are displaying new creative talents — presumably as an offshoot of medications for their condition.

What does it take to become fearless?

Is fear stopping you from taking action? I must confess that I am paralyzed by fear, and it’s stopping me from taking my next leap of faith–publishing my book. Here are a collection of quotes that hopefully will inspire us both to take that next step, no matter how scary it may look:fearless 1

“A fear-driven life is a life not fully lived.”

“To live exuberantly, we must be prepared to illuminate the dark spots in ourselves.”

“Fearlessness is like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let your fears run you.”

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“Being fearless doesn’t mean living a life devoid of fear, but living a life in which our fears don’t hold us back.”

“Squashing our true selves is a major cause of fear, anxiety, and depression.”

“The more fearless we are in our personal lives, the more of that spirit we’ll bring to changing our world.”

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“Survival behavior can be triggered by the fear of losing anything that we perceive as being part of our identity.”

“Making the choice to move forward despite fear is an evolved decision that transcends our animal nature.”

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“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” Picabo Street, Alpine Ski Racer

“Given adequate time and sufficient fear, we may hide so long that we hardly notice we’re slowly suffocating.”

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Based on quotes from Huffington Post

What is your best suggestion for moving beyond fear?

Beyond Words: We Don’t Need More Successful People

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What’s the purpose of living?

Quora recently posed a question: If we all end up dying, what’s the purpose of living? Here’s the top answer, picked by more than 3,500 users. The winning answer is from James Adams, who describes himself as a biology student, tutor, and transhumanist.

If we all end up dying, what’s the purpose of living? 

Indulge me the privilege of rephrasing the question.

“If you’re going to run out of cake to eat, what’s the purpose of eating cake?”

The purpose is to enjoy it. Having been served the above cake (or a flavor more to your liking, as you please), would you rebuff, “No thank you. There’s not enough of this cake to eat forever, so there’s no purpose to eating it.” Of course not! Scarcity doesn’t make it any less pleasurable.

Doesn’t that cake look delicious? So it is with life.

The Connection between Science and Spirituality

“Enlightenment is the direct experience of being energy”

This intriguing TEDx video uses science to dissect the illusion that we are each a separate person residing in an environment. The truth is that we are “consciousness that is shaped into a human being.”

What do you think?

7 Creativity Tips from the Masters

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“We learn, from the time we’re little, the process of the scientific method–how to discover things–but we don’t teach the parallel art of how to invent things,” Stanford innovation scholar Tina Seelig says. “That’s one of the reasons creativity seems so mysterious.”

However, creativity and invention can be as simple as connecting the dots, according to Steve Jobs. Here are a few tips from Albert Einstein, Jobs, and many other creatives.

1. Einstein: Play with multiple ideas before taking action

Einstein had a delay-oriented form of problem solving: If given an hour to tackle a monstrous problem, he’d spend 55 minutes thinking about it and five minutes putting the solution together. His approached creativity the same way.

Brain Pickings editor Maria Popova noted that Einstein thought of creativity as “combinatorial play” among the ideas brewing inside your mind. He would play with elements and concepts before attempting to put the resultant ideas into words.

2. Jobs: Collect lots of different types of experiences

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” Creativity feeds on diverse experiences, or a large career vocabulary, to get enough dots to connect. “The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” To accumulate more creative raw material, have more expansive experiences; for example, travel more.

Creativity tips from master artists and writers3. Notice more

In addition to collecting more experiences, you should notice more: According to Seelig, “The first step to becoming more creative is certain appreciative, inquisitive mindfulness: We need only to observe the world with acute focus.”

“When you realize that we’re influenced by so many things that we don’t even pay attention to, then you can start seeing the opportunities in your midst. If you don’t pay attention, not only do you not realize what’s affecting you, but you also don’t see the problems that can be turned into opportunities.”

4. Do a little bit every day

Every artist in Mason Currey’s book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, found some way to carve out time to work, says Jessica Grose, “either in the early morning, or before binge drinking the rest of the day like Francis Bacon. In some cases, it’s not that long. Gertrude Stein would only work for 30 minutes each day. Some other writers said two to three hours every day is great, but more than that wears them out and hurts the next day’s work. But they worked at the same time every day, regardless of their other obligations.”

5. It’s the spaces between the work that matter

Many creative behaviors, Grose discovered, relate to taking breaks. “Taking a nap and drinking coffee were typical. Igor Stravinsky would do a headstand. Thomas Wolfe had the weird fondling-himself habit. Walking seems the most common, especially among composers. Composers all seemed to take a long walk every day.Creativity tips from master artists and writers

6. Clean body, creative mind

Many artists used bathing habits as part of their creative process. “Beethoven would stand at the washstand and pace back and forth and then go back to the washstand and put water on himself,” says Grose. The novelist Somerset Maugham would think about the first two sentences he wanted to write while soaking in the bathtub in the morning. Woody Allen would give himself the chills so he wanted to take a hot shower.”

7. Always ask questions

PayPal founder Max Levchin talks to tons of random creative people, asks them questions about their craft, takes extensive notes of their quandaries, and then compiles–and reviews–all of his research. What comes out of it? Companies–like his new mobile payment solution Affirm.

This slide show explores the specific creative habits of artists from poets to directors.

Hat tip: Brain Pickings and Fast Company

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