How to Become More Creative and Innovative – The 7 Habits of Great Creatives According to an Expert

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The 7 habits of great creatives to become more creative and innovative according to a pioneering expert in the field.

Linda Naiman is the founder of Creativity at Work, and an internationally recognized pioneer in the use of art as a catalyst for learning and developing creativity, innovation and leadership within organizations.

She suggests 7 practices to develop your creativity that we will discover in this post.

How to Become More Creative and Innovative - The 7 Habits of Great Creatives According to an Expert

How to Become More Creative and Innovative – The 7 Habits of Great Creatives According to an Expert

The founder of Creativity at Work specifies the big difference between creativity and imagination.

 Creativity is the act of turning new ideas and imaginations into reality.

Creativity involves two processes: reflection, and then production. Innovation is the production or implementation of an idea.

If you have ideas but don't act on them, you are imaginative, but not creative.

In other words, we bring more values ​​by being creative rather than imaginative.

Make a habit of practicing these 7 actions, and you will be very creative in your field.

1 / Prepare the ground!

“To create, the only difficult thing is to start. A blade of grass is no easier to make than an oak ””

James russell lowell

Creativity requires an absorbed mind, a relaxed state of concentration and attention.

Give yourself the time and space you need to be completely absorbed in your zone of creativity and inspiration.

May your desire to create come only from the pure pleasure of creative expression! If you worry about the perfection of your subject, you will never be able to start.

2 / Plant seeds for creativity!

"We are what we think. Everything that we are arises from our thoughts. With our thoughts, we create the world. ”


We amplify what we think about more.

Focus on what you want to create, not complaints. Set an intention to produce the results you desire.

3 / Live in the question!

“Be patient with whatever is unresolved in your heart. And try to like the questions themselves. “

Rainer Maria Rilke

It has been said that at the age of 5, children ask 120 questions a day; at age 6 they only ask 60 questions a day and at age 40 adults ask 4 questions a day.

We adults need to embrace”beginner's mindand ask questions, instead of trying to find immediate answers.

Pay attention to the questions that other people ask, especially those from artists, scientists and opinion leaders.

Collect the questions that you find intriguing, irresistible.

4 / Feed your brain!

“If you stuff yourself with lots of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, movies, comics, magazines, music, you automatically get blown up every morning.

I've never had a dry spell in my life, mostly because I'm eating well to the point of bursting. 

I wake up early and hear my morning voices bouncing around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed to trap them before they escape. “

Ray Bradbury

Be curious and follow your instincts.

Take an interest in something and it will provide you with a gold mine of ideas later if you learn to make connections between people, places and things that would not normally be connected.

Combining ideas and making connections are key creative practices used by artists, designers and scientists.

5 / Experiment and explore!

"I make more mistakes than anyone else I know, and sooner or later I'll patent most of them"

thomas edison

Edison was a prolific inventor and innovator, producing over 1.093 patents.

He was also a master to learn failed experiments.

When he died in 1931 he left behind 3500 notebooks containing the details of his ideas and thoughts.

If you follow your curiosity, experiment with your ideas, and learn from your mistakes, the quality of your creativity will greatly improve.

6 / Restore your creation stock!

“As artists we have to learn to be self-sustaining.”

Julia Cameron

Joni Mitchell describes her field rotation replenishment process.

When she needs a break, she switches from singing and songwriting to painting.

7 / Use a secret to unleash your creativity!

While there's no magic formula that will unleash your creativity, it can help to remember how much fun you had as a kid.

What absorbed you so much that you lost track of time?

Your children's games provide you with the key to your creativity, your talents and your passion.

What links can you make from the lessons you learned in the game, which you can apply to your work?

Creativity takes many forms in business, art, design, education and science.

When we express our creativity in these areas, we have the ability to transform life and work into a work of art.

This article by Linda Naiman, was originally published in A Hopeful Sign, June 2011


How to Become More Creative and Innovative - The 7 Habits of Great Creatives According to an Expert

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