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8 Signs You’re A Potential Creative Genius

8 Signs You’re  A Potential Creative Genius

Let me clear the air — Have you ever heard you must be born with creativity? That it’s in our DNA? Well, that’s just flat out wrong. Creativity is not born, it’s, well… created. Your habits are the deciding factor of your creativity.

Here are 8 signs you have potential of being a creative genius:

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1. You’re introspective

Creativity comes from thinking critically about one’s own life. Charles Dickens, one of the best creative writers known, had a habit of walking 12 miles or more to simply get away from the world and dive into his own mind. He took this time to think critically and become introspective about his life and work. Often times, these walks provided him with content for his books. If you have a strong sense of self-awareness like Dickens, you have potential as a creative genius.

2. Your habits facilitate the use of both left brain and right brain

If you often finding yourself practicing activities that facilitate the use of left brain abalytics with right brain activity, you have potential to be a highly creative person. Writing is one such habit — trying to craft the perfect story takes creativity, but also requires some analytical, strategic thinking in order to create a plot worth reading.

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3. You prefer being alone and have more “me” time

Time spent alone is good for the soul. It allows you to make time for the first sign: being introspective. In your alone time you can meditate, read, write, paint, play an instrument… the list goes on. Thomas Edison spent plenty of time with himself, and look what happening; he changed the world.

4. You have contradictions in what you think and how you behave

You often find yourself thinking one thing, then changing that thought to the total opposite. It’s almost like you’re an embodiment of multiple individuals. It’s a good thing, I assure you — it simply means you’re more creative, empathetic, and able to see things from multiple viewpoints.

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5. Your learning is more lateral (understanding many topics) than vertical (specializing in one topic)

People have called you a “jack of all trades”. You love learning about tons of different topics and fields of knowledge. Rather that sticking to one industry, you thrive by having a solid foundation on a wide range of subjects. You might even have a bookshelf full of books on a hundred different subjects!

6. You don’t like jumping to conclusions

You always come up with lots of options before making a decision. While you may have an intuition about the conclusion, you want all the cards on the table before taking a stand. You never want to put anyone in the spotlight without being sure they committed the deed they’re being accused of.

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7. You love daydreaming or tend to have frequent work breaks

Your daydreaming may be frowned upon by modern society, but don’t let the naysayers get you down. Daydreaming and taking breaks is actually a big sign of creative genius and success. It is the kids (and adults) who spend time daydreaming that end up being some of the most successful the world has seen.

8. You read a lot

Dragons, magic, pirates, knights in shining armor and a dansel in distress! You love the thrill of falling out of our world and into those pages. On the flip side, you find yourself yearning to learn more from the biographies and skill books available. If curling up with a good book is a part of your day, you’re probably on the path to becoming a creative genius.

Featured photo credit: Alice Achterhof via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

Are we speaking the same language?

My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

Am I being lazy?

When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

Early in the relationship:

“Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

When the relationship is established:

“Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

Have I actually got anything to say?

When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

Am I painting an accurate picture?

One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

What words am I using?

It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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Is the map really the territory?

Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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