Creativity is a state of mind

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So when I hear people say things like- I am not creative- I sometimes wish they knew that creativity is a state of mind.

If you are human, you feel, think, you laugh, cry, sing, you are creative. It just depends on whether you will vote for yourself; and that’s the scary part, putting a little of your naked self out there for people to see, and poke at and possibly hurt. But that’s also where it gets fun.

I was thinking today about how creativity is interesting because it exists in that space where the world is not perfect.

If the world was perfect we would not need inventions, we wouldn’t feel the longing that we write poetry about. I guess we would still feel happiness, but without the longing for more wouldn’t even that be boring?

Its funny how your own unique perception of the imperfection of the world can be a starting place to find your life’s task. Whether it is the entrepreneur bringing a solution to a problem, a scientist discovering something new, or an artist capturing humanity in a way that touches you deeply. Its all about 1) taking life in and 2) imagining yourself as a solution 3) taking a little step in that direction.

It is not enough to experience and complain about life. After a while you come to that state of mind where you realize that maybe that longing inside of you, that angst, that discontent can bring something new to the table. Just what if…?

So if you think you are not creative, let me give you three challenges this week to prove yourself wrong.

1. When you find something that irks you, or maybe makes you sad, think about what you might do about it, however little, and do it.

2)You know all those ideas you had that you used to call stupid? Try putting words to them, writing them down, sharing them with someone instead of judging them before they even come out of your mouth or your pen. Try taking just one step toward that your ‘weird’ idea.

3) Do something little to take initiative to bring you closer to your dream self; maybe introduce yourself to someone new, notice someone looking lost and offer to help them, maybe rearrange your house, maybe compliment someone, maybe join a group that interests you.

Stop judging yourself for feeling. Even if it does not change anything at least it changes you.

Stop judging your fetal ideas, embrace the process of learning that the world is quite pliable and that your ideas have a place in remoulding it.

Its not about magnificent inventions and earth shattering prose, its all about the little things and voting for yourself in all those little ways.

So this week, step up to the plate and be a solution even if it is in a little way.

Creativity is a state of mind.

10 Characteristics of change makers. Are you one?

ImageChange makers have similar characteristics- from social/civic entrepreneurs to small business owners or people running big organizations or programmes.

I was doing a reading on Public Health Business Planning and thought I should share the key points since they cut across the board. This also helps me remember for my discussion tomorrow afternoon:)

1. Entrepreneurs find out what’s needed

– This involves studying your groups’ needs closely + understanding how to communicate the same data differently to meet the needs of different audiences.

2. Entrepreneurs brainstorm 

– They dream crazy audacious wacky and unusual ideas

– Brainstorming is more about quantity than quality.

– Diverse teams create more diverse ideas and thus they win

-To win, generate more ideas.

– Its not just about creating new ideas but also possibly expanding or redesigning existing programmes to make them better.

3. Entrepreneurs analyze

– To balance their crazy ideas they also analyze them to figure which is worth it.

– The goal is to find a workable idea for a need that exists.

– Something to think about – how will you present the story in a compelling way to your audience?

– Also- How is your new story unique to other previously existing stories?

4. Entrepreneurs build teams

–  There is no such thing as a single great man. Its always about assembling the team to run with the idea

– The ability to create alliances is very important in the 21st century

– Diverse teams will be able to open up diverse networks so build diversity into your projects

– in the 21st century its no longer about people from a specific field, interdisciplinary learning is the way to go

5. Entrepreneurs are hardworking and flexible

The best teams end up with much different projects than they started with BUT they tend to- spend lots of time together

-share the responsibilities

– feed off one another’s positivity

– seek out leaders and make trips to benchmark progress. Think mentorship and goal setting retreats.

– get really into their projects

– spend much more time and energy than planned

… so its more about flexibility and hard work than a great first idea

6. Entrepreneurs find the money

Entrepreneurs are “ambitious for others” and find the resources to fuel this ambition

7. Entrepreneurs start it up 

Think risk taking. Failure is needed for success. Entrepreneurs are not averse to risk but rather show that they have analyzed the risk and that the pay off makes it worth it.

8. Entrepreneurs keep it going

Think sustainability

How will your idea fuel itself?

9. Entrepreneurs keep tabs

– Think evaluation

– How will you make sure that you are doing what you planned to do?

– How will you evaluate yourself?

– Have you planned for transitions possibly if you need to leave the programme to someone else?

– Do you have an exit plan if evaluation shows it is not working?

 10. Entrepreneurs get it down on paper

– If your ideas are not stated down, they will probably not become reality.

Write it all down and it will change later but you have a starting point.

So in conclusion, think analytical skill + heart + finance + creative leadership + passion + flexibility =  great change maker

Where are you here and where could you improve?

Personally I am learning so I can do better especially in the area of number 9.

Do share 🙂

Hope you enjoyed my tips.