Many of us go to school or enter the workforce, and are taught skills and concepts that have the purpose of helping us merge with society. Most of which are essentially lessons on how to follow suit and how to fit in with our designated position or sect. I’m not one to bash our modern education system, but I do believe that it has its impairments. Educational institutions do teach very valuable information, especially for those pursuing highly specialized career paths. Would we really want to trust somebody without a healthy expertise in structural engineering to construct our homes and buildings? Would we trust our investments and financial livelihood to an average Joe? Or put our kidney removal in the hands of a non-surgeon? Certainly not. Learning how to follow the rules is a really important concept for many professions, but for the rest of us, there are skills few of us learn in school that we can develop and infuse into our lifestyle and career.
“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking” – Albert Einstein
In recent years I’ve developed a small fascination with entrepreneurship. I am in love with the idea of working for myself with an open-ended future of unlimited potential, based on my own effort and willingness to learn. While I do see this possibility in my future at some point, I know I have to put in some long-term work to get there. Alongside and as a result of this fascination with the world of the entrepreneur, I’ve come to really appreciate the value of creativity. Upon regularly asking friends with positions at successful, unique and interesting small companies, a common trait they all state their founders possessing is massive doses of creativity. On a large scale, when considering some of the worlds most innovative leaders today, it is easy to see this quality in these individuals as well. These people are not only incredibly intelligent, but they are experts at thinking outside of the box. They think in highly unique ways and are able to see the world from a completely different angle than the vast majority. I often think about how interesting it would be to crawl inside the minds of some of these creators and innovators just to understand how their brains work.
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” – Pablo Picasso
When I first started writing posts to share online, I struggled to create. Writers block was a constant burden and I would wrack my mind for days just to think of something, anything to put on the paper. Likely right before writing started losing its fun, I came across an article online that sent me down a path of readings about developing creativity as a conscious skill. As anything else in life, the moral here was that you will become more creative the more you practice creating. From my experience, it is absolutely true. Writing daily (or as regularly as I can) has helped me to develop an ability to organize and convey my thoughts easier than ever. The simple act of using a minuscule form of creativity through the process of subconsciously connecting words in new patterns, trains your mind to connect similar pathways more quickly in the future. I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my ability to convey thoughts more clearly, and come up with ideas for articles and projects more frequently as well. Creativity takes a lot of practice. Master artists, producers, and innovators are experts at this on the simple basis that they have spent a lifetime creating indiscriminately. Ideas flow through them like water. They know how to think outside the box and innovate because they practiced it for decades. I’ve always enjoyed having a creative outlet in my lifestyle. Whether it be through board sports, photography or writing, it’s almost as though it is something I unconsciously needed as a method of channeling my energy. However, I see this quality as something that can be very valuable for most individuals in the professional and personal sense. Our world is changing quickly from an industrial economy to a technological service economy. As things evolve, becoming an individual with a unique skill to think outside of the typical could truly become indispensable. This is an ability we should all consider developing.