Creativity is all about blending the ideas that already exist, writes Rajgopal Nidamboor.
Creativity is the state, or quality, of being creative. It does not necessarily mean anything that is absolutely new. All you need to do is just think it through!
Creativity, in simple terms, is a process of finding new ways to combining old ideas - moulding, manoeuvring, and synthesising, them with purpose.
In other words, what you'd need to do to being creative is actually blend the ideas that already exist. Not merely copy, but tinker with them resolutely. This is, essentially, creativity by definition - a pursuit like no other!
A person who is creative always tends to think outside the box. She/he is open to the possibility of finding a better way to accomplishing a task, or thinking of a solution to a problem. Such a person will also believe that creativity is a process. A pathway to finding answers that can take a host of directions.
The important thing, however, is to be open, and find solutions when you least expect them.
A manager in a company, for instance, should never be surprised with events. She/he should be like the watchful umpire during the course of a one-day cricket match, and its pressure?cooker atmosphere - in control of the situation.
Now comes the big question. How can you cultivate and promote creativity in your life? There are no easy answers. But, the following points would be more than useful - to get started.
First, and foremost, you have to develop the ability of finding something valuable, or agreeable, when you are not even consciously looking for it. Because, when you are open?minded, you often make lucky discoveries. What's more, by developing your own creative powers, you can write your own creative "luck" too. Luck, which is nothing but possibility in origin.
You know it, don't you: that the greatest of inventions, and discoveries, have often been a result of accident? If Sir Isaac Newton and Sir Alexander Fleming, for example, had not been alert to possibility - the falling apple, and the spore of penicillinum notatum - their discoveries might have taken "ages" to attain their objective.
This is also one reason why most companies today are using a popular technique - brainstorming - to generating ideas and solutions in a group sitting. You'd do it too. Else, you'd do something on your own. But, you have to be gentle with yourself - because sparks of inspiration may last for a few seconds. So, always be prepared - whatever your occupation.
Most important: don't be preoccupied with the concept of creativity alone. When you hit upon an idea, just follow it through. Don't allow it to fade away. Why? Because, ideas, as you may know, need to be honed, fine?tuned, and perfected.
The best part - it opens up possibilities for your creativity to flow. With good results! Right? Yes!
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