Due to the rapid expansion in technology development and its influence in every field of expertise, the professionals of the 21st century must shine through somehow. They must be individuals able of impressive critical thinking and expressive creativity. The latter is one of the most intriguing qualities of the human mind. Numerous books have been written about creativity, but we still see it as something foreign, under the control of few geniuses.
The reality of the matter couldn’t be farther from the truth. We have this vision in our minds that creativity is some kind of gift. You either have it or not. But, if we look back at our childhoods we’ll see we all had great capacity of imagination. So what’s the deal?
Bottom line is, we’re all creative. Some factors in our lives and how we respond to each one of them are what shapes our creative ability in adulthood.
The most striking factor is school. When we are small children, all we ever do is ask.
Why is the sky blue?
Why chickens don’t fly?
We know nothing of the world and we want to learn everything about it. Such curiosity is an intrinsic part of creativity. The problem is that when we get to school we are discouraged to keep asking such questions. We are taught how to answer objective problems. These problems have a definite answer, so instead of going out of our ways to find a solution for it, we just memorize a formula.
Above all else, we have to follow rules. Questioning the Modus Operandi is something only the problematic students would do. So most of the students just go on memorizing things they won’t be able to remember years later. They have no idea of their creative potential.
Thus, creativity becomes this concept not understood by most and associated only with artistic endeavors. Even in the artistic field there’s often an attempt to rationalize creativity and develop a perfect means to achieve it. This, of course, is impossible. Creativity is something that cannot be put into a box and must be out of control to truly be.
The importance of creativity is in our every day lives. It is in the great enterprises, STEM fields and artistic ones. Coming out with unique solutions and correlating ideas that seem to have nothing in common is essential to new discoveries. But if creativity cannot be expressed by method, how is it developed?
Curiosity makes us ask questions, which in return make us look for answers. These answers have the power to change paradigms in every possible field of life. To find these answers, though, we have to look at things in every imaginable and unimaginable ways possible. Being creative is a matter of perception. Changing your point of view affects the outcome of your investigation.
The so called creative people are the ones who dared to think differently and look things from another perspective. And even more importantly, they stood by their ideas and invested in them.
If we want to attend the demands of the 21st century jobs, as well as make people’s lives more productive we have to change our way of thinking and talking about creativity. This must not be ignored at school, or treated as subject that follows a methodology. Instead, we just have to feed the natural human curiosity and proportionate an open space for talking and developing different perspectives. The product of creativity will come naturally.
So if you were wondering if you’re creative or not, now you have your answer.
It is all a matter of perspective.