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creativity column

Unlock your creativity.

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1.  Ruts. They are easy to get in to, tough to get out of. A rut will sap your energy and your vigor.  Ruts are a destructive force when it comes to your creativity. It starts with keeping negative thoughts in check. They have the power to envelope you and take down the rabbit hole of darnkness. Be proactive. Take different routes to work, take brisk walks at lunch, do anything to help keep negative thoughts from taking over your well being. Steer clear from other negative people who may have ulterior motives.

2.  Ego. This one can go a lot of damage. I’ve witnessed too much ego take over and overshadow someone’s talent. It can wreak havoc on a creative team or department. It’s also been my experience that the most talented people usually have the tiniest egos. Seems the more confident you are in your skills, the less need there is to for you to brag about them. Stay humble. 

3.  Fear of failure. The very nature of creativity requires that you be willing to embrace failure. Nobody loves to fail, but it is necessary if you hope to succeed. I can tell you that I still struggle with rejection, I’ve just learned to get over it faster when it happens, but don’t think for a second that I enjoy it. Electric car Inventor and space engineer Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors and Space-X said this, “If something is important enough you should still try, even if the probable outcome is failure.” 

4.  Lack of courage. Businesses today are in need of people who have the courage to stand up and champion their ideas. If you’re not capable of presenting your concepts with passion, how can you expect someone else to get excited about them? Courage will help you get past the fear of the unknown by pushing you to go beyond the conventional. Your courage is one of the things that will help you stand out. No new idea stands a chance of becoming reality if the person who thought of it, isn’t willing to stand up and fight for it.

5.  Rules. Sometimes rules get in the way of innovation. There’s a big difference however, between rules and laws. I want to be clear about that one. History is filled with examples of people who broke the rules, and changed the world for the better. Too many to cover in this space. The Dali Lama was once quoted as telling someone, “You should learn all the rules, so you know how to break them properly.” 

The most challenging part you will face when trying to bring creativity in to the workplace is the knowledge that not everyone is going to share your enthusiasm about it. Don’t let that slow you down. The world needs people with the courage to stare down their fears and move forward. The road to innovation will always be under construction. Stay positive, stay humble and never settle is the best advice I can offer. 

William ChildsComment