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8 Habits Of Highly Creative People

8 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Highly creative people see the world a litlte differently. As a result, their behavior is a little different. Creative people aren’t all artists or musicians. They can be found in all areas of the workforce. Although creative people don’t all fit into one mold, most of them do share some common characteristics.

1. Creative People Seek Answers

Highly creative people are curious by nature. They don’t simply accept things for what they appear. They want to know how things work or why things happen. They seek answers to satisfy their curiousity and work hard really trying to understand a topic until they’re confident they get it.

2. Creative People are Spontaneous

Highly creative people can certainly plan ahead, but they aren’t afraid to change their plans. They can be spontaneous at times. They may see something that catches their eye and they act on it while they’re excited. They aren’t afraid to start a new project when something has sparked an idea.

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3. Creative People are Rebellious

Creative people color outside the lines. They don’t feel the need to follow all the rules. In fact, they often feel confined and constrained by the rules. Therefore, they can often see the value and beauty of breaking the rules to create the best outcome.

Their willingness to break the rules is often calculated however. They aren’t simply throwing caution to the wind or setting out to hurt people. Instead, they look at the potential consequences and then try to find ways to justify their behavior if they plan to break the rules.

4. Creative People Lie

Research studies show that highly creative people lie more than the rest of us. The reason seems to be because creative people can find ways to try and justify their actions. As a result, they may tell lies to explain away their behavior.

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Many creative people will deny that they tend to lie, however. Their perception may be different from others and they may not be lying on purpose or they may feel their justification supports what they say.

5. Creative People Behave Passionately

Creative people are passionate about what they do. Whether they work as an artist or work at a bank, creative people strive to reach a successful outcome. They can come across as intense at times, but it stems from their passion to create something wonderful.

6. Creative People are Flexible

If they’re working on a plan and it looks like they need to change that plan, they’re willing to embrace change. When creativity strikes, they can go with the flow. They understand that their original plan may not work out the way they want so they’re willing to adapt and change as needed to create the best outcome possible.

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7. Creative People React Emotionally

Creative people are very emotional. Often, their moods shift quickly. Although there have been some studies that have linked creativity to mental illness, these studies haven’t been widely accepted by the mental health community due to questionable research methods.

However, there have been widely accepted studies that show that emotional instability seems to coincide with creativity. Many creative people report that their negative emotions help fuel their creativity.

8. Creative People Look at the Whole Picture

Creative people can be spontaneous, it doesn’t mean they behave impulsively. They tend to look at the whole picture before they begin a project and they’re able to keep it in mind throughout their project.

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While most people might just jump into a task focusing on what needs to be done first, creative people think about every step along the way to ensure that all the steps will come together to create the best outcome.

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Amy Morin

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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.

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Creativity Needs an Intention

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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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