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Does Risk Taking Hold Any Benefits?

Does Risk Taking Hold Any Benefits?

The impetus to take risks may be lacking in most, however, it does lend credence to the fact that to make anything happen, you need to take risks. For each goal set, risks present themselves as obstacles that must be crossed; as missing parts of puzzles that must be put in place before the actualisation of the goal. The question then is this – why are most people afraid to take risks, since it is the only stepping stone to the actualisation of dreams? Wondering why may not provide the answers to these questions but the article Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Become a Risk Taker by Noel Rosos shines light for everyone to become risk takers.

Taking risks: The springboard for all alternatives to status quo

To the risk takers, the end in mind may be crystal clear and while building the determination to take the decision i.e. the first step towards the risk, others around you may be left in perpetual wonder and consider the risk taker’s intended actions absurd. This is why people are mostly complacent and lack innovative solutions to problems. They say things like ‘incentives everybody on this career path takes steps in this and that direction, every other Jack that ventures in that line must do the same thing. The correct step to taking risks, is to challenge a status quo and present new definitions that will encourage others to break out of their shells.

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What then does risk taking offer?

In simple terms, risk taking signals that you want to be in charge of your life and you want to respond to situations as they come your way. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you are matured for that endeavor in the eyes of everyone, but you are willing to trust in your abilities, your instincts above everything else. Taking risks is liberating from the unseen shackles that bind. It drives optimal performance because you know that you must set an example for others to follow. It allows you accrue more opportunities as you gain more confidence in your abilities and you gather experience that cannot be purchased off any shelf.

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Taking risks to set standards

Quite often, too many people liken risk taking to entrepreneurship. Of course, they cannot be separated as they are intertwined. However, we cannot all be entrepreneurs, neither can everyone tend to quit their jobs to start out on unknown adventures, but, we all can work with confidence in our abilities, with an eye for opportunities where others see nothing and with utmost trust in our abilities.

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Nothing else brings about this than taking risks. “Birds hop from one tree to the other and that is not because they trust in the strength of the tree branches, but in the power of their wings.”

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

Can I Be Creative?

The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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How Creativity Works

Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

What Really Is Creativity?

Creativity Needs an Intention

Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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Creativity Is a Skill

At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

Start Connecting the Dots

Excited to start honing your creativity? Here at Lifehack, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge to help you get started. We understand that creativity is a matter of connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value. So, if you want to learn how to start connecting the dots, check out these tips:

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