In case this was unclear, we at MossyBrain LOVE creativity. We see it as the strongest weapon in the war against conformity. Creativity is the spice which makes a boring life into an adventure.
Our society is confused about the nature of creativity. Several myths exist regarding creativity that need to be addressed and dispelled.
Myth 1: One Needs Talent to be Creative
We’ve been told that you can’t be creative unless you are oozing with prodigy-level talent. Just think about our most famous creatives- Steve Jobs, Maya Angelou, Jackson Pollock, Prince, Meryl Streep or Steven Spielberg. These creatives are held up as shining examples of human potential. Legends. Do they all have ridiculous talent? Of course they do. But so what? In our instant gratification society, we so often think “…if I can’t win, I won’t play.” Don’t let a lack of talent in a certain area ever discourage you from being creative. Creativity is a way of thinking, not a measurable, limited commodity. Everyone can do SOMETHING creative TODAY.
Myth 2: I Am Not the “Creative Type”
So many of us have been tricked into believing that we are not and cannot be creative. That creativity is only reserved for free-spirited artists and musicians who keep erratic hours and live in hippy communes. Hogwash. Creativity exists in every home, office, school and community, it just doesn’t always look how you think it would. Make a conscious choice to do something differently and create something new. You might surprise yourself with your ingenuity…
Myth 3: Creativity is Not Practical
Authority figures (teachers, parents, managers etc.) love to quash creativity in favor of order and predictability. They will tell you to follow the instructions to get predictable results for whatever the task is (watch The LEGO Movie). But no innovation ever came from doing what has been done before. In order to grow and innovate, creativity is actually the most practical way forward.
These myths masquerade as conventional wisdom, but they are patently false. Here some truths about creativity and how it can affect our lives:
Creativity is an open path, not an exclusive club.
All children are born with creative impulses. If you ask a room of kindergartners to raise their hands if they are creative, every little hand shoots up. Ask the same question of a group of college seniors and only a small fraction of the hands will go up. Somewhere between kindergarten and the end of college, creativity gets sucked away from most people. Much of that has to do with flaws in modern educational systems, but other societal pressures and influences exist.
What needs to be understood is that we all have the innate potential to create and to be creative. It may seem that only a small group of society is creative while most are not, but this is a misconception. Anyone (and everyone) has access to creativity and an open invitation to live a creative life. Also recognize that creativity should have a place in your life regardless of your career, interests or personality.
Creativity is choice one should make daily.
Creativity is not as a skill that only a select few are appointed with, but is more like a muscle that needs to be exercised regularly to be maximized. Embrace and exercise your creativity and be amazed by the new worlds that open up to you.
Let us know if the comments or by emailing us how you are incorporating creativity into your lifestyle on a daily basis!
Ben Beresh is a designer, filmmaker and co-founder of MossyBrain. Originally from Niagara Falls, ON, he now happily calls Broken Arrow OK home, along with his wife Jessica, four kids and dog Charlie. Ben likes to have a good time, all the time (Enneagram 7), as well as eating all types of sandwiches.
Connect with him on Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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So many think that creativity is limited to “creative” subjects like art, but you can also be creative in other areas by thinking out of the box. I love the quote “no innovation ever came from doing what has been done before”, definitely something to live by!
Thanks so much Karina! Creativity is the polar opposite of conformity. Our thoughts and ideas should reflect our diversity. Creative potential is the world’s most valuable resource!
I love this, creativity is not box or mold we live in it’s a muscle like you said that needs excising!I hear this all the time from my peers that “I am not creative,” yet I watch them curate their lives and they are some of the most creative people I know. I think sometimes it’s our definition of the word “creative” that needs to change. Thanks for your post I am always looking for new podcast so let me know when yours is available and I would love to listen to it!
Thanks so much for the kind words Tiffany! Will definitely keep you posted on the podcast launch!
It’s funny, I think I had limiting thoughts in the wrong direction for so long- I have always thought of myself as a creative person and love exploring that through various avenues, but have recently realised that that doesn’t mean I can’t always enjoy work and activities which are more analytical. It’s great to have a mix of everything 🙂
So true, Penny. Thanks for the comment!