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20 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

20 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

Albert Einstein once said,

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

Creativity can mean the difference between something good and something extraordinary. People who are creative tend to see things in a slightly different way, and may stick out from the crowd. (In a good way!) Whether you express your creativity through problem solving, design, or even how you dress, you can count on these 20 things being among your traits:

1. They think before they speak.

Creativity can sometimes just flow out of a person without warning or even any means of stopping it. But what makes highly creative people so different is that they learn to control their creativity. Thinking about how a creative idea applies to a certain situation and analyzing the effect it could have is what makes creative people unique. Harnessing their creativity is key.

2. They’re risk takers.

Not much creativity goes on in a box; that’s why thinking outside of it is so important. Creative people don’t limit themselves and go out on a limb to test their ideas.

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3. They take care of themselves.

Taking care of oneself means something different to everyone, but highly creative individuals tend to take care to preserve their minds and their bodies to keep themselves in top shape. This can mean anything from mental wellness to physical fitness, but whatever the method, it’s important to maintain creativity.

4. They’re observant. 

Taking in their surroundings and drawing inspiration from even the tiniest details is a major driving force behind creative people. Creativity has a basis in the already-existing world, and goes from there.

5. They’re humble.

Even the most creative and intelligent people in the world started somewhere. Creative people tend to see themselves as people who still have a lot of learning to do.

6. They ask questions.

Questions can mean the difference between a failed project and a successful one. Not only do questions guide people in their creative processes, but they also help creative people grow and branch out.

7. They never stop learning.

Creative people need constant fuel, and for them that comes in the form of constant learning. Creativity grows with knowledge, and creative people are always adding to what they know and using it to their advantage.

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8. They follow their dreams.

Creativity is only properly unleashed when people are in the situations they want to be in; otherwise, it gets stifled.

9. They look for something new.

New experiences are opportunities for inspiration. Highly creative people tend to love exploring new things.

10. They look on the bright side.

Creativity is easily dampened by low spirits, so many highly creative people try to get over obstacles quickly and healthily so that they can channel their energy positively. They don’t tend to dwell on problems or get overwhelmed.

11. They stay out of their own way.

There is no better saboteur than yourself. Highly creative people often try to keep themselves in check and recognize when they are getting in the way of their work.

12. They don’t let themselves get too comfortable.

Too much routine can hinder creative growth. Many people shake things up every once in a while so that their outlook stays fresh.

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13. They stare into space.

Daydreaming can be a great way to let your mind wander, and creative people tend to find this a great way to come up with new ideas.

14. They find inspiration everywhere.

Part of the beauty of a creative mind is that it isn’t limited in what inspires it. Inspiration can be found in even the least likely of places, and creative people are good at finding it.

15. They express themselves in many ways.

Even if interior design or painting isn’t a person’s forte, the creative individual sees everything as a way to express themself. Creative people often find many outlets for their ideas.

16. They’re perfectionists.

Nothing is worse than seeing what was a great idea in your head turn out to be not so great when it’s been done. Creative people take their work seriously, and they want their creative ideas realized in the way that they want.

17. They’re team players.

Many creative people recognize the talents and ideas of others and use this to create something even better than what they originally had in mind. Being team players helps creative people bounce their ideas off of each other, as well.

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18. They get in the zone.

When they start working, they often go at it for hours on end. Getting lost in their work is common among highly creative people.

19. They bridge gaps.

Creative people tend to be able to see the connections between two seemingly unrelated things, which makes them more likely than others to solve problems.

20. They think for fun.

To stay sharp, highly creative people like reading, doing crossword puzzles, brushing up on their trivia — anything that will keep their mind in tip-top shape. And doing all of this is fun for them.

Featured photo credit: David Blackwell via photopin.com

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Last Updated on September 24, 2020

17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

In the movie The Matrix, everyone was intrigued with the ability that Neo and his friends possessed to learn new skills in a matter of seconds. With the incredible rise in technology today, the rapid learning in the movie is becoming much more of a reality than you realize.

The current generation has access to more knowledge and information than any before it. Through the internet, we are able to access all sorts of knowledge to answer almost every conceivable question. To become smarter, it’s more about the ability to learn faster, rather than being a natural born genius.

Here are 17 ways to kickstart your Matrix-style learning experience in a short amount of time.

1. Deconstruct and Reverse Engineer

Break down the skill that you want to learn into little pieces and learn techniques to master an isolated portion. The small pieces will come together to make up the whole skill.

For example, when you’re learning to play the guitar, learn how to press down a chord pattern with your fingers first without even trying to strum the chord. Once you are able to change between a couple of chord patterns, then add the strumming.

2. Use the Pareto Principle

Use the Pareto Principle, which is also known as the 80 20 rule. Identify the 20% of the work that will give you 80% of the results. Find out more about the 80 20 rule here: What Is the 80 20 Rule (And How to Use It to Boost Productivity)

Take learning a new language for example. It does not take long to realize that some words pop up over and over again as you’re learning. You can do a quick search for “most commonly used French words,” for example, and begin to learn them first before adding on the rest.

3. Make Stakes

Establish some sort of punishment for not learning the skill that you are seeking. There are sites available that allow you to make a donation toward a charity you absolutely hate if you do not meet your goals. Or you can place a bet with a friend to light that fire under you.

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However, keep in mind that several studies have shown that rewards tend to be more motivating than punishment[1].

4. Record Yourself

Seeing yourself on video is a great way to learn from your mistakes and identify areas that you need to improve. This is very effective for any musicians, actors, speakers, performers, and dancers.

5. Join a Group

There are huge benefits to learning in a group. Not only are you able to learn from others but you’ll be encouraged to make progress together. Whether it’s a chess club, a mastermind group, or an online meet-up group, get connected with other like-minded individuals.

6. Time Travel

Visit the library. Although everything is moving more and more online, there are still such things called libraries.

Whether it’s a municipal library or your university library, you will be amazed at some of the books available there that are not accessible online. Specifically, look for the hidden treasures and wisdom contained in the really old books.

7. Be a Chameleon

When you want to learn new skills, imitate your biggest idol. Watch a video and learn from seeing someone else do it. Participate in mimicry and copy what you see.

Studies have shown that, apart from learning,[2]

“Mimicry is an effective tool not only to create ties and social relationships, but also for maintaining them.”

Visual learning is a great way to speed up the learning process. YouTube has thousands of videos on almost every topic available.

8. Focus

Follow one course until success! It’s easy to get distracted, to throw in the towel, or to become interested in the next great thing and ditch what you initially set out to do.

Ditch the whole idea of multitasking, as it has been shown to be detrimental and unproductive Simply focus on the one new skill at hand until you get it done.

9. Visualize

The mind has great difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imagined. That is why athletes practice mentally seeing their success before attempting the real thing[3].

Visualize yourself achieving your new skill and each step that you need to make to see results. This is an important skill to help when you’re learning the basics or breaking a bad habit.

Take a look at this article to learn how to do so: How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results

10. Find a Mentor

Success leaves clues. The best short cut to become an expert is to find an expert and not have to make the mistakes that they have made.

Finding out what NOT to do from the expert will fast-track your learning when you want to learn new skills. It is a huge win to have them personally walk you through what needs to be done. Reach out and send an email to them.

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If you need help learning how to find a mentor, check out this article.

11. Sleep on It

Practice your new skill within four hours of going to sleep.

Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA, is a noted rapid learning expert. He says that any practice done within this time frame causes your brain to embed the learning more rapidly into its neural pathways. Your memory and motor-mechanics are ingrained at a quicker level.

12. Use the 20-Hour Rule

Along with that tip, Kaufman also suggests 20 as the magic number of hours to dedicate to learning the new skill.

His reasoning is that everyone will hit a wall early on in the rapid learning stage and that “pre-committing” to 20 hours is a sure-fire way to push through that wall and acquire your new skill.[4]

Check out his video to find out more:

13. Learn by Doing

It’s easy to get caught up in reading and gathering information on how to learn new skills and never actually get around to doing those skills. The best way to learn is to do.

Regardless of how unprepared you feel, make sure you are physically engaged continuously. Keep alternating between research and practice.

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14. Complete Short Sprints

Rather than to force yourself into enduring hours upon hours of dedication, work in short sprints of about 20-30 minutes, then get up and stretch or take a short walk. Your brain’s attention span works best with short breaks, so be sure to give it the little rest it needs.

One study found that, between two groups of students, the students who took two short breaks when studying actually performed better than those who didn’t take breaks[5].

15. Ditch the Distractions

Make sure the environment you are in is perfect for your rapid-learning progress. That means ditching any social media, and the temptation to check any email. As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.”

Before you sit down to learn new skills, make sure that potential distractions are far from sight.

16. Use Nootropics

Otherwise known as brain enhancers, these cognitive boosters are available in natural herbal forms and in supplements.

Many students will swear by the increased focus that nootropics will provide[6], particularly as they get set for some serious cramming. Natural herbal nootropics have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic traditions to improve the mind and learning.

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17. Celebrate

For every single small win that you experience during the learning process, be sure to celebrate. Your brain will release endorphins and serotonin as you raise your hands in victory and pump your fits. Have a piece of chocolate and give yourself a pat on the back. This positive reinforcement will help you keep pushing forward as you learn new skills.

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The Bottom Line

Learning a new skill should be exciting and fun. Whether you use online courses, real world experience, YouTube videos, or free online resources, take time to learn in the long term. Keep picturing the joy of reaching the end goal and being a better version of yourself as continual motivation.

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