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16 Interesting Signs You’re A Highly Creative Person (And You May Not Know It Yet)

16 Interesting Signs You’re A Highly Creative Person (And You May Not Know It Yet)

Creativity knows no bounds. But we as humans are finite, so where does that leave us with creativity?

Truth be told, having the gift to create is not evident to all. It is through our innate and rather inhuman ability to dedicate time and hone our crafts until we achieve awe-inspiring greatness which serves as the true measure of creativity.

While there are starving artists who put value in the quality of their meticulous creations, some are just are as artistic without having to adhere to certain cliches that limit the worldview of what creativity truly means.

In fact, you, dear reader, may be one of these highly creative people who are not fully aware of their gift.

To make sure that you are indeed a creative person, refer to the signs below and see if you exhibit any of these.

1. You like to solve problems

Whether it’s playing sudoku or doing your math homework, both of which require you to flex your problem-solving muscles, your propensity for finding solutions to the problems in front of you is a sign of creative mind. While there is the debate on whether creativity and critical thinking work in the same plane of consciousness, both are nonetheless interconnected because problems let you draw solutions from your knowledge and experience.

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2. You are highly motivated

There is a beautiful stubbornness that exists within motivation. While it encourages bull-headedness and a determined mentality, motivation allows us to pursue our passions to the extent of our finiteness, if not beyond it. According to Gordon Torr’s book Managing Creative People, the higher the intrinsic motivation (doing something for its sake), the greater the creativity of that person will be.

3. You are courageous

Success is never achieved overnight. You will have to fail countless of times before getting it right. By the time Thomas Edison was able to develop thousands of patents and created revolutionary devices (which laid the groundwork for the technology we use today), his teachers have told him that he was “stupid to learn anything” and was fired in this first two jobs for not being productivity.

Lesser men would cave in and submit to defeat, but rejection will only fire the courage in creative people like Edison to not only prove their naysayers wrong but also pursue their passions regardless of popular belief.

4. You love playing

Play is the act in which people are not stressed out by work as they relax and do something fun for a change. As the brain is in this state of euphoria, the creative juices naturally flow from you, allowing you to come up with better ideas.

This is what LEGO Foundation CEO Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary wants to instill in people through his building blocks that pave way to childhood development by way of fun learning.

“Play allows us to test our capabilities, as all forms of learning should,” says Grob-Zakhary in this interview at Forbes. “It stimulates children’s learning abilities by fostering creativity, building critical thinking, sparking intellectual curiosity, and facilitating learning by doing.”

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5. You go against the grain

Your inquisitive mind allows you to question instead of following, inquire instead of agreeing, and be your person instead of being like everyone else. You learn the rules only so you can create new ones for yourself.

6. You are boundless

There is only so much than a man can do and achieve, but that should not limit anyone to dream big. In fact, having boundaries is beneficial in helping us achieve things bigger than anyone would ever imagine. Your limitations are gateways to creative thinking, which fuels the imagination to stretch their capabilities to their potential.

7. You are expressive

You are well aware of what you feel and think and are not afraid to share them. The freedom to self-expression is a skill that comes naturally from creative people and their passion for sharing their most honest thoughts despite what others may say or do.

“F*ck Tha Police” is a foul-mouthed rant about racial profiling and police brutality. It is also spoke the truth experienced by black urban youths during the time of its release, which makes it one of the most expressive and memorable songs in N.W.A’s discography.

8. You are emphatic

At the same time, you are concerned with what people feel and think. As a creative person, you want to use your understanding of their thoughts and emotions to provide them something that answers to their needs. Whether it’s a positive response or negative criticism, you take them all in stride and focus on creating something better for them.

“When everyone can create very quickly, what is it that will distinguish your product or brand from the rest? Caring for your customers,” says Aaron Walter, head of User Experience at MailChimp about the importance of empathy in creating a product for consumers.

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9. You find puns high-larious

Puns have been a widely used poetic device in the English Literature. Hell, if Shakespeare came up with 3,000 puns in all of his plays, then you could say that’s a rather pun-tastic feat. *wink wink*

More importantly, puns are indicative of the mind’s playfulness and creativity with words, which also indicates their sense of humor.

10. You are “wired in”

In 2010’s The Social Network, newly introduced Shawn Parker tried to shake hands with one of Facebook’s programmer but the latter decline while still in the computer with his headphones on. Mark Zuckerburg explains to Shawn that the programmer was “wired in” and can’t be disturbed at all.

By being “wired in,” your concentration is at an all-time high, which allows you to brainstorm, develop, produce, and create ideas from scratch much more effectively.

11. You have the Flow

According to Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers and Geoff Colvin in Talent is Overrated in this postFlow refers to the “mental state of complete absorption in which one is so captivated with practicing a skill that hours can drift away, and one might even lose awareness of one’s surroundings.”

Through Flow, work is not a burgeoning task that you have to endure as a means to end. For creative people like you, work is play and allows you to be more engaged with it from a creative standpoint.

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12. You find yourself daydreaming

Letting your mind wander may sound like a mindless activity, but it helps your creative juices flowing as you are in constant dialogue with your thoughts during this period. In fact, constant daydreaming paves the way for you to develop more insights from your imagination and creative faculties.

13. Nothing escapes you

You are like a sponge to experiences. You want to soak as many information and observations as possible. For creative people like Joan Didion, it’s about writing every significant moment in her notebook. With technology allowing us to capture experiences through our mobile devices, there is no reason to let vivid moments slip away from you.

14. You are sensitive

Part of being able to immerse yourself in particular experiences is your ability to see the beauty and profundity in even the simplest of things. You can spot the poetry in the most mundane of things because you are aware of small things that comprise the big whole. At the same time, your senses tend to overwhelm you in the face of a strong experience, whether it’s criticism or an applause.

Regardless, people high on temperamental sensitivity and rich inner life have more developed creativity compared to others.

15. You like to go for something new

The diversity of experience is of utmost importance for creative people. Whether it’s going out to do something out of the ordinary or acquiring a new skill, having new experiences in your memory bank allows you to escape mundanity and continue feeling your creativity with new experiences to play around with.

16. You can get things done

Creativity is your vehicle, and the sheer act of creation is your destination. Facing a task that seemed insurmountable only fuels the fire to create and make someone out of thin air.

Putting things into perspective, had Elon Musk, a.k.a. World’s Raddest Man, succumbed to the seeming impossibility of making online payments, space exploration, and the commercial production of electric cars possible, then PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors, respectively, would not have existed.

Featured photo credit: Eddy Klaus via unsplash.com

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8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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