Edison said, “Inventors must be poets; otherwise they will not have imagination.” This imagination is creativity and is a key building block of innovation. Creativity is the spark or burst that often gets the whole innovation process started. Most important, it’s a skill we can all develop or improve.
Unfortunately for many of us, we are our most creative when we are in elementary school. That’s a time when we are willing to draw, paint, work with clay, write stories or even write poetry. Then we get distracted. We set aside our creativity and often we never pick it up again. Little do we know, that it’s still there waiting to be reawakened with sometimes surprisingly little effort. So, if you are looking to become more innovative, spend some personal time becoming more creative. Pick a creative activity you haven’t done in a while and spend some time working on it. It will get parts of your creative mind flowing and help ignite the burst that starts innovation.
One activity I’ve found to be helpful is reading through inspirational ideas of highly creative people. Here are some of my favorites:
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
“Well, when you’re trying to create things that are new, you have to be prepared to be on the edge of risk.”
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”
This blog was originally posted May, 31, 2011