April 16, 2018

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Brett Yoncak

CATEGORY

The Importance of Creativity

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When you hear the word “creativity,” what comes to mind? Creativity is, by far and away, one of the most important qualities found within every person on this planet. If you claim you are not creative, you are a liar. It is ingrained in the very fabric of our souls. …

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When you hear the word “creativity,” what comes to mind?

Creativity is, by far and away, one of the most important qualities found within every person on this planet. If you claim you are not creative, you are a liar. It is ingrained in the very fabric of our souls. We are naturally born creative beings. Unfortunately, modern society seems to despise creative thinking. We go to school from a young age, where we are taught to cram and repeat until we have “memorized.” We are taught to avoid failure. We are taught that there are right answers and wrong answers and that those who are smarter than us surely know the “right” ones. We play by the rules, or we are punished.

“Don’t doodle in your notebook!”

“Stop daydreaming!”

“Do it the way we learned!”

Thus, the workings of our world have stripped us of our creativity by the time we are expected to enter it. After spending our lives doing as we are told, we get a job that fits our basic needs and live the life expected of us, rather than the life we were once ridiculed for daydreaming of.

We have not been taught to think differently, but instead to follow instructions.

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What humanity needs now more than ever is a creative mind. The world needs people to step off of the conveyor belt and break free from this ancient structure we’ve supported for centuries. Creativity is not reserved for children, or for painters, or for camera carriers. It is the key to an interesting and exciting day, job, relationship, and life. It can even benefit entrepreneurs, scientists, doctors, mathematicians, athletes, programmers, cashiers, construction workers, chefs, and even bartenders. Everyone benefits from the magic of creativity. Without it, we would not be where we are today.

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From the wheel to the world wide web, we have come so far in such a short period of time thanks to those who thought and saw things differently than those around them. The ability to make connections where seemingly none exist, to disregard the “rules,” and to embrace failure are all invaluable to a fulfilling life and meaningful discoveries.

But how can we reprogram ourselves to see the world through the eyes and mind of a child once more? First, we must realize that part of us still remains, it has merely been crippled. Next, we can start to strengthen our creative muscle. Like any other part of our body, the more we work it, the stronger it becomes.

“Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.”
-M.C. Escher

Let go of fear. Stop being afraid of being wrong. Stop comparing yourself to others. Stop worrying about what others will think. Finding a way to fail means you are one step closer to finding a way to succeed. Create more. Create anything! Color with crayons. Find time to play again. Daydream. Seek out new experiences. Socialize. Never become comfortable with being comfortable. Constantly push yourself outside of that zone. Throw the rules away for once. Ask questions. Question what we already “know.” Test and experiment. Examine problems from every angle, and then examine them from some more. Practice patience. Practice mindfulness. Practice. Persist.

And most importantly, STOP telling yourself that you are not creative, and START sparking the spirit of curiosity and the desire to explore that lies within us all!