Creativity Is Abstract and Intangible
When the term creativity is mentioned many people think of those that have had a successful and storied rise to fame in different areas of creations. Many automatically focus their thoughts on the creative persona behind the great artists, architects, designers, and innovators of our time. We know very little about these figures first hand but over time they have been sensationalized and immortalized them as gods among men. It is easy to chalk up their success to intangible character traits and natural talents, but much more difficult to quantize the opportunities, failures, influences, and random occurrences that allowed the path they chose to success. Even more lost is the influence of their culture, heritage, and even the year they were born on their ability and opportunity to succeed. Often marginalized are their absolute undying interest and passion for the craft.
Creativity Is About Ideas
Lets be straight forward about this. Ideas are worthless. At its foundation, an idea is merely an internal thought. In many ways they are 4th dimensional. They have no time, no space, and are infinite within the imagination. It has no ability to manifest itself without being expressed. You may be saying to yourself, “But People Sell/License Ideas All The Time?”. What is actually being sold is inspiration, and the persuasion that an idea could work. Licensing and royalties are about selling a plan of execution, which if followed could create the idea in a 3rd dimensional form. Thoughts have no currency, and no value without the ability to build them into something material. Ideas must have a medium of expression to inspire action otherwise there was nothing great about them to begin with. Without a means of execution, the real net value of your idea is zero.
Creativity Is About Something Brand New
One definition of creativity is the process applying old ideas in a new and novel way. Many people feel that they lack a sense of creativity because they don’t come to obvious and novel conclusions regularly. At the edge of innovation and creation there is a continued presence of the old. Each and every person in society has built an understanding of the world based upon those that molded and shaped our existence before us. Some would argue that nothing is truly new or original, just a re purposing of the tools and materials that were invented before us. We are all standing on the shoulders of those that came before us. Ideas a dime a dozen and for almost any original idea you might have had, a Google search will usually let you know that somebody has already thought of it, and probably already created it.
Spontaneous “light-bulb” moments are the basis of all great creations
Most people seem to think that great inventions came out of a fleeting vision and moment of inspiration. An artist or engineer had a light bulb flash and instantly they were able to forge this idea into revolutionary inventions such as utilizing electricity or combustion engines. What underlines all great inventors is understanding, persistence, and execution. Many great inventions rise out of accidents, things that happened spontaneously without any sort of preconceived notion. Revolutionary ideas and products overtime have continually been created through continued tinkering, experimenting, and often the unintended consequences of a sequence of patterns. The psychedelic properties of LSD were completely unknown until if was accidentally ingested. Landmark inventions such as penicillin, dynamite, microwaves, and anesthesia were a product of random observations and accidents that were completely unintended. These observations to laymen would be meaningless, but with the intelligence to understand the foundations of these random occurrences through testing and continued observation created inventions that changed the course of the world. What truly fuels creativity and innovation are people with incredible passion and curiosity that accelerates change and progress. They understand the building blocks of great creations and can reverse engineer new solutions to problems of the past.