Creativity – it’s not what you think

Being a designer in financial services, I’m officially under a category of ‘creative people’. However I often experience a huge energy of creativity through so-called non-creative people such as bankers, product managers or operation staffs.

People often associate creativity with out of box thinking, or doing unusual things. Through my recent conversations with creative people and inspiration from books and talks on creativity, I begin to see creativity with a completely new set of eyes and heart. (Thank you, Elizabeth Glibert, John Cleese, Huge MacLeod, Austin Kleon among others, and my creative friends…)

Creativity is an instinct.
Creativity doesn’t belong to people who work in a creative industry such as advertisement or art. Creativity is a human being’s natural desire to express. It might be just that people do not acknowledge that creativity is a part of them and even ignore under countless excuses. You may have an unexplainable love for street art or music. This ever-so-precious instinct needs to be recognised and taken care of. Because that’s what we human beings are.

Creativity is a discipline.
Being a designer often gives me a right to claim for experiencing more things, more exciting things and more unusual things. Because we often believe creativity comes from that kind of stimuli.

I still would love to experience new things, do more crazy things, go places I’ve never been. But now I see a source of creativity in a different way. The creative people I admire taught me that creativity comes more from within. It’s a hard trained discipline acquired through putting time, energy and stamina. Creativity happens more often in an own study room than in an exotic place.

Creativity is a life style.

Yes, life style!
Creativity arises from hobbies we enjoy, any trivial encounters we have with things or people. This notion makes moments of life more precious as they are valuable sources of creativity. This explains why my passion for salsa or lomography without any specific intent makes sense and builds up my creativity. Creativity is our attitude towards life, and it’s the life style that eventually feeds us.

Get creative, work at it and enjoy it.

“If you are a dancer, just do your dance.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

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