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Myths About Creativity

My Myths about creative people

Have you ever marvel at an intricate painting, or relax to a delicate piece of music, or ponder a complex poem, or felt enthralled after reading a magical book?

Being an author, JK Rowling is my fascination. Since the day I finished reading the Harry Potter series I always had one thing in mind….How can one be so creative? How can she produce such a kind of parallel world and how could it be possible to touch every aspect of life in a single thread. It may be parenthood, friendship, student-teacher bond, love, animosity, magic, mysticism, life skills, drama, tears, happiness, suspense, awe, fear …I mean it carries the entire cosmos.

For me, writing a simple speech means 1 to 2 weeks. Thus, I started my research on how to become creative or what kind of mindset creative people carry, or what is the neuroscience behind creativity?

Google easily answered these three questions in a very inspirational and motivational way that creative people are

1)       Day Dreamers.

2)       They believe in their intuition or gut power to put their dreams into reality.

3)       They follow their passion persistently.

4)       They are stubborn.

5)       They are not satisfied with the present world, so they bring their world of ideas into manifestation by following their instincts.

6)       They are highly sensitive or emotional.

7)       They are not scared of failures and take them as their stepping stone etc.

Yes, these are undoubtedly true for creative people, and somewhere I was aware of it. Thus I kept my research on and stumbled on something which broke my myths about creativity :

1)       Creativity belongs to a handful of people:

Friends if you too believe creativity is not your cup of tea or I am not creative, then remember Jory MacKay’s words who points out in his research piece on Crew that creativity is not something you are born with or it’s an innate quality. You can still train your brain to be more creative by merely doing creative work over a long period.

Many neuroscientists have also identified three large-scale networks of the brain which if worked on can make anyone a creative genius

The first is the executive attention network which helps you to pay attention and focus.

The second is the imagination network allows you to daydream or imagine yourself in someone else’s shoes.

The third is the salience network that lets you identify the things you have buried deep in your brain and take action for that.

The more active these networks are in your brain, or the more they work together, the more creative you are. In short, you can build creativity by merely focusing, imagining, and taking action with what comes to your mind.

To support this, I can give you an example. A few days back, I read a book “The Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert wherein the author clearly explained giving her own example that an idea is nothing but an intangible entity that comes in everyone’s mind. But, it belongs to those who take action for it.

2)       My second myth was creative people are not intelligent or intelligent people are not creative.

Researchers have proved it wrong as well. In 1999 Sternberg and O’Hara  provided a framework of five possible relationships between creativity and intelligence

  1. Creativity is a type of intelligence.
  2. Intelligence is a type of creativity.
  3. They have some traits in common.
  4. They are basically the same thing.
  5. There is no relationship between them.

Thus showing vague results about the correlation between creativity and intelligence. It’s only about how you use it. So, friends, your creativity is your responsibility. Just come out of the mindset of any kind of correlation between intelligence and creativity. I mean to become creative you need not have a high IQ.

3)       The third myth was adults are more creative than children as most of the inventions or creative work is produced by people after the 40s?

This myth is also broken by Professor George Land’s reports, which show we become less creative as we grow old. For that, he tested 1,600 people and found that 98% of five-year-olds were creative geniuses, and only 2% of adults qualify as creative geniuses. It is just because we never used it. But still, creativity is present in every human being, which can be strengthened.

Now the question arises why should we care about creativity?

Well, if you care about your career, then first take care of your creativity. Both individuals and businesses hold great value to people with creative qualities. According to a survey by Adobe, creative people earn 17% more money than those who don’t. Similarly, in a survey of 1,500 CEOs, IBM found that creativity is the number one trait needed for business success.

Friends knowing that creativity isn’t a magical gift bestowed to just a few lucky individuals, also it will help me grow professionally I too put myself on the path to flex my creative muscles. The moment I understood it is something that anyone can improve at if they give it the time and effort I aimed to become an author and the result is that today I am an author of two Best Sellers.


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