Creativity: Intelligence Having Fun

If creativity is indeed intelligence having fun, as the wise Albert Einstein surmised, then what does the creative process looks like.

Well, for one—it’s messy!

But I recently read a HuffPost article which listed 18 things that highly creative people do differently. I post them here because I can relate and based on what I’ve seen from those whose blogs I’m interacting with, y’all would likely concur. So here goes:

Us creatives:

  1. Daydream
  2. Observe
  3. Work the hours that work for us
  4. Take me time/seek solitude
  5. People-watch
  6. Turn life’s obstacles around/“lemonade” makers
  7. Ask the “big” questions/insatiably curious
  8. Fail up—we got bouncebackability
  9. Seek out new experiences
  10. Take risks
  11. Lose track of time
  12. Surround with beauty
  13. Shake things up/diversity
  14. Self-express
  15. Follow true passion
  16. Make time for mindfulness
  17. Imagine not just present but future, not just ours but others
  18. Connect the dots/see possibilities/vision

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.

Steve Jobs

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