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7 Reasons Why Messy People Are Creative

7 Reasons Why Messy People Are Creative

We have long suspected that messy people have a little more oomph in the “creativity chamber,” or at least that is what I always tried to convince my mom. No longer am I alone in trying to convince her of this. There is actual science to back me up! Study these reasons and have them at your disposal for the next time your mom (or anyone else) gets on your case about being messy. I’m going to give you 7 Reasons why messy people are creative.

Spoiler: One of the reasons is not going to be that we write articles that say we are more creative and therefore we are. I debated it, but it seemed that it might not be as convincing…

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They Try New Things

We can be honest amongst ourselves for a minute here, right? Ok, so there are day I return to my room and it’s like I don’t even recognize it. It looks like a whole new environment every day depending where I leave off doing what I’m doing. What I’m getting at is what is trying a new smoothie flavor when we show up to this everyday? Nothing. And that is just what the study by Kathleen Vohs, PhD, of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management found when they studied it.

They Know How To Improvise

Sometimes we misplace things. No shame in that. We have skills to get through it. Missing the tape, quick grab that twine and rig it up to the window like the MacGyver you were born to be. Studies proved our abilities to improvise by testing what a group of “neat” people and a group of “messy” people did with ping pong balls. They were graded and team messy pulled the win!

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They Aren’t Easily Cowed Into Decisions

We are independent thinkers. This was illustrated in the study when the researchers suggested an independent donation to charity from the test subjects. The neater group was more likely to donate to charity. Typical. I mean sure charity is a good thing, but we do things because we thought of them. We don’t need to be asked.

They Know That Life Can Be Short

We live it up sometimes. This was proven when researchers had the subjects pick out a snack after the experiment. The choices were an apple and candy. No brainer, right? Apparently neat people actually took the apple. What? I don’t get it either. We know that you have to take some joy here and there. Also if I make it through a research study, I get to have a reward.

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They Have The Likes of Albert Einstein On Their Team

We all know the saying (or do now): “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?” This came from the man himself: Albert Einstein. I’m pretty sure he knows what’s up and he agrees with our way of life. (See mom, Einstein)

They Have Steve Jobs To Aspire To

We probably could have guessed this, but Mr. Jobs had quite the disaster area for an office. Makes sense. This handy phone gadget sure does help organize at least part of my life.

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They Have to Be Able Communicate Effectively

What they call madness, we call methodical. They say Tomato, we say Potato- you know? We have a way of organizing that allows us to function optimally. Our system may not work for anyone else. That is a little thing we like to refer to as job security. Kidding. We have to be able to communicate our ideas and methods clearly to others because we know that they will not be able pick up on our system without assistance. Especially if they are one of the “neat.”

Please check out these links for more information in regards to the messy creative genius theory.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

3. Get comfortable with discomfort

One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

4. See failure as a teacher

Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

5. Take baby steps

Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

6. Hang out with risk takers

There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

10. Focus on the fun

Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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