Creativity: Applying creative thought
Welcome to the show everyone, thanks for joining me!
Todays date is February 18th, 2019
We are on episode #2 of the Tasty Dangerous Podcast.
I hope your day is going as good as mine!
I’m really excited because today we’re talking about Creativity.
Why does it matter? Well…. I’ll tell you. Specifically in terms of why it matters to Lifestyle Development.
Before we jump into it though, I’ll add that this episode was inspired by a quote from Scott Adams …and it goes like this.
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
Today I won’t be just speaking in terms of creating physical works of art, but rather how creativity can be applied in your way of thinking and doing.
Sure, art and creativity can be thought of synonymously.
They tend to be used when referring to tangible things like paintings, sculptures, music, film, etc….
However, it can be said there is an art to everything we do.
Approaching life in this manner will expand appreciation of your individual actions and behaviors.
All this said, it’s actually a bit difficult to explain what creativity is because each person has the ability to make it their own.
How can you use creativity to adapt and transform into the best version of yourself?
Or perform something more efficiently
Again, this will be individually answered and should be something to get excited about.
Make it your own and have fun with it!
Before we go too far into this episode, I wanna say that my intention today is to just flow.
There won’t be much of a rigid outline, but I will pose a few questions on this idea of creativity.
The hope is that these questions will give you an angle to approach being creative in your own life.
Whether that’s in developing a business plan, performing different techniques in some form of athleticism or maybe it’s the way you write code when developing the new mobile app that’ll change the world.
Now I’m going to share something that you may question why I’m sharing it, but bear with me…there’s a reason to this randomness.
Trying to explain to someone how to be creative reminds me a bit about a thought that was shared with me while serving in the military.
Our unit had just come back from our first combat deployment and like so many before us we were soon to be tasked with reintegration.
Reintegration into a society that by and large had no idea what experiences we had just been a part of.
Again… bear with me, I’m not gonna dive too far into the weeds on this.
So, at the point of this story, we had been away from home for over a year, almost a year and a half.
During that time we had very little interaction with family and friends, aside from a short leave in the middle of the deployment somewhere.
I might be dating myself by stating this, but this deployment was before Facebook.
So there was very limited communications. Think email and hand written letters.
Being back in the states, we were anticipating our friends and family would likely have a lot of questions about our experience, based purely out of curiosity.
However, to some this may not have been something they cared to think or talk much about.
At one point I remember someone speaking to our unit and saying this.
“If someone asks you what combat was like, tell them it would be like trying to explain the color red to a blind person.”
The reason I shared this was to give you a way of thinking about creativity.
I’ve enjoyed sharing my own creative pursuit over the years with pretty much anyone I’ve met along the way.
What I’ve found when talking with others about creativity is there are a large number of people who will actually say they aren’t creative.
The thought of this is really bleak and unfortunate.
It reminds me of a quote by Julian F. Fleron… I hope I’m saying that right.
The quote goes like this:
“The creative adult is the child who has survived.”
Really think about that. I’d agree.
At some point in our lives we were all creative.
For some reason, there are a number of folks that let the capacity to think creatively… go.
Maybe it’s the notion that as you get older there’s a social belief that you’re expected to grow into a certain way of realistic thinking.
Now this is my own subjective though, but it makes sense in my mind and I’ll share why.
If you were anything like me growing up you could find an adventure in anything you did.
You could imagine a world outside the likes of your own.
Battling dragons and hunting monsters in the woods with your friends.
Doing science experiments and creating cool new inventions to use in whatever activity you were involved in that day. Think ghost busters.
For some maybe it was beauty pageants or racing cars, you get the idea.
Now…. full circle. Think back to the comment about trying to explain the color red to a blind person.
The way of thinking that I was hoping to instill in you is this…
Imagine you’re the blind person.
Imagine you’re trying to understand something you cant see…. how would you best discover what creativity is?
Personally, I think the answer to this is simply by doing.
*Side not, if any listeners are blind, I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts on creativity… as well as how you’d explain the color red if you’ve never had sight.
Moving on….So just do and you’ll figure out how you can apply creativity in your own life.
Again, this will vary drastically from person to person, but think back to the first quote I shared from Scott Adams.
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
Start doing…and enjoy the process.
Let yourself make mistakes and appreciate the ability to learn from them.
I’ve been a creative as long as I can remember.
When I was a younger growing up our family didn’t have a lot in terms of things and there wasn’t a lot of money to go around.
I’m sure this resonates with many of you! So as a family, what do you do?
You think creatively.
Now, this was evident in the meals we ate, any of you had goulosh?….the cloths we wore and our recreational activities we participated in.
If you cant afford a snowboard, but you want it bad enough, you figure out a way to make it happen.
For me and a brother that was getting a neighbor to let us repurpose an old skateboard they had.
We pulled the wheels and trucks off of it and bolted some leather straps to the board to slide our shoes into.
This was no where near ideal, but we attempted something and learned from it.
That was a fun day, even if non of us could really make it down the hill without falling.
Although, seeing my brother fly uncontrollably into a massive thorn bush we’d been trying to avoid all day was a memory I’ve held onto for the better part of my life.
For those of you who had the luxury of growing up in an environment that required you to be creative and innovative on the daily, you should feel lucky.
You had the fortune of getting a higher education in creativity and problem solving on a regular basis.
I always found enjoyment in creating stuff.
At a young age it just seemed like the natural thing to do.
The best part is that the creativity I developed as a kid also played a role in my business acumen.
The creativity transitioned from creating the tangible things I’ve shared to a real world example of thinking creatively to make some decent cash as a kid.
This was as a young kid in the days before internet was mainstream.
Considering there wasn’t a lot of money to go around for leisure activities, we kept ourselves busy learning how we could make money on our own.
Aside from the low hanging fruit, like recycling cans, me an a friend devised a plan.
We looked for ways to use things in our environment to make more money than we could make in a month collecting cans everyday after school.
Not sure how this would go down these days, but at the time it worked quite well.
You see I was very familiar with the local Goodwill and came across a supply of decorative tin cans that at one time had very likely held holiday popcorn.
Well, me and my buddy didn’t think too far outside the box.
We just filled them back up with plain popcorn we popped at home and became door to door salesmen.
We actually did quite well with that adventure and made a huge margin considering the overhead costs to begin with.
That money afforded us the ability to go to a big amusement park, the ones you see commercials for as kids and dream about going to one day.
This was something that would have never happened, at the time, had we not figured out how to make the money ourselves.
It felt amazing that day going to the amusement park with my friend after we had figured out how to raise the money as young kids.
Not only did we buy our own tickets, but we paid for food and other activities while at the park.
That was sense of accomplishment I’ll remember forever.
I’m really thankful I grew up the way I did.
It was experiences like these as a kid that I still think back on to this day.
These experiences remind me often to think differently when I’m struggling to find a solution to the task at hand.
Hopefully using some of these insights will help you, whether it’s in business or some other activity that you’re interested in improving.
Don’t think about what you don’t have… or what you need.
Think about what you have.
Currently my regular profession is as a videographer and producer.
There’s an aspect of this career field that’s real, but maybe not spoken about too much.
If you follow videos on YouTubes about the industry it’s all about the gear you need to buy.
The shiny new lens or the camera that can film at a higher frame rate.
Or the lights that are portable, flexible and have color adjustment.
The list goes on.
This is what I refer to as gear lust.
It’s this concept that you need more or better things to do something.
In some instances this is the case, but in many there are ways to improvise to accomplish the goal.
Think about what you have and then think about how you can combine these things to do something you couldn’t otherwise.
The concept of repurposing decorative tins was an example of how this could be done, even at a young age and minimal budget.
Sometimes It’s not so much about thinking outside the box as it is about keeping it simple.
Not everything you do will require massive problem solving or high levels of creativity.
I’m also thankful I had the fortune of being raised by a mom that showed me what hard work and creativity looked like.
I saw a woman that was unimaginable strong and who raised 4 kids on her own.
She was creative enough in her own ways that she showed us what living was all about and it didn’t require a big bank account.
Now… don’t get it twisted, the big bank account is something that I’m aspiring to, but I learned at a young age that money isn’t the only thing to live for and for me it certainly isn’t something to chase.
I’ve pursued money a few times in my life and was fortunate enough to find it.
However, I found that once I actually found it, I was still missing an aspect to life that I craved.
I’m willing to bet there are a few of you out there that have found yourself in a position where you’re making great money.
Yet, you’re feeling unsatisfied or lacking in some capacity in life because a large portion of your time is consumed by something you don’t enjoy.
Chase your passion and the money will follow. I’ve heard this, but I’ve also heard just have fun. Have fun and the passion will follow.
I’m a believer in the latter of those two concepts.
There’s a saying that’s defined by an acronym that I’ve grown to use frequently.
The acronym is K.I.S.S. and it stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid.
Relax, I’m not calling you stupid.
Roughly translated it’s suggesting that systems function better the less complicated they are.
It’s really easy to make things extra complicated.
For those of you in a larger corporate environment, think about what it takes to get basic tasks accomplished.
There are a number of meeting and briefing that are required.
The information needs to be presented and approved to a variety of business units or leadership personnel before it can get the go ahead and this all takes time.
This complexity is only increased with the more people that are involved.
This isn’t to say that great things don’t get accomplished, but I’m Illustrating a point.
Big companies are like huge ships, they take time to turn and navigate.
They can go fast in a straight line, but making tight turns is somethings they lack the ability to do.
This is where the smaller companies with fewer moving parts can shine.
Using creativity and ingenuity, these smaller companies can pivot and navigate much more fluidly.
I believe that creativity and invention go hand in hand.
There’s a popular English proverb that says “Necessity is the mother of invention”.
In this sense, necessity breeds creativity.
Can you identify aspects in your lifestyle or career where something is needed?
What can you do through being creative that could be applied.
Creativity can be small simple adjustments that allow you to pivot or function more efficiently in your own work or life.
I hope I solicited some useful ways of thinking about creativity in your own work.
Use these insights to create new potential in whatever tasks you may have.
Allow yourself to make mistakes and enjoy the process.
Then identify which of the mistakes you like the most.
There’s a lot of opportunity out there, sometimes we just need to look at it from a different perspective.
Consider how you can use the things you have to create something you don’t.
If you’re struggling to get started just take the first step.
Start attempting things and allow yourself to make mistakes.
Strive for the mistakes.
Soon enough you’ll find a mistake that’s a work of art.
something that would have otherwise never been created.
Fails fast, fail often, fail forward.
Well that does it folks, I hope you enjoyed todays episode and feel like you got something out of it.
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