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Six Behaviors of Creative People

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Claudia Bear

on 4 May 2014

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Six Behaviors of Creative People

Are some people just naturally creative?
Or can anyone develop creative skills?
Many psychologists have reported that certain behaviors contribute to creativity.
Let's look at six of those behaviors...
Behavior #1
Enjoy the process
Creative people tend to enjoy the whole creative process...
...even when the project turns out terrible!
But why is play more creative?
When you worry about the end product, you may play it safe...
...but because play has no particular goal,...
...you can be as crazy as you want to be!
For creative people, the creative process is just like play.
Behavior #2
Creative people know when it's time to take a break from working.
Why is taking a break creative?
Your brain is always hard at work...
...even when you don't realize it.
The brain stays busy connecting ideas...
...leading to the "Aha!" moment.
Behavior #3
Work hard
Even though it's nice to relax...
...creative people know that it takes a lot of hard work...
...to take a great idea...
...and turn it into something real.
Behavior #4
Use divergent thinking
Convergent vs. Divergent Thinking
Convergent thinking is the ability to come up with one, best answer.
Some tasks...
...use convergent thinking
Students are often asked to do a lot of convergent thinking for school.
Divergent thinking is the ability to think of many, possible answers to a problem.
Creative people need to use both convergent and divergent thinking.
Convergent thinking gives you lots of ideas to work with...
...and then convergent thinking helps you figure out which ideas are good or bad.
Behavior #5
Take risks
Creative people are willing to take risks.
They're willing to risk failure.
In fact, creative people know that failure is a NORMAL part of the creative process!
Behavior #6
Collaboration takes your own individual creativity and multiplies it many times.
Collaboration may be indirect,
such as when someone finds inspiration in another person's work.
Collaboration may be more direct, such as when people get together to work in groups.
Collaboration can be messy...
...it's usually slower than working alone...
...and conflict is a NORMAL part of group work.
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You don't need to be creative all the time.
Sometimes you need to be...
But when you need to be innovative...
Remember these six behaviors:
Enjoy the process
Work hard
Use divergent thinking
Take risks
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