To someone who did his Master of Fine Arts thesis on “Teaching Creativity” and who has been teaching creative thinking strategies for 40 years to designers, photographers, artists, and now – fly tiers, 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently is a great article.
Hopefully, you can get beyond any personal political biases, and read this article on The Huffington Post in their “Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power” section.
Here are the 18 Things:
They observe everything.
They work the hours that work for them.
They take time for solitude.
They turn life’s obstacles around.
They seek out new experiences.
They “fail up.”
They ask the big questions.
They take risks.
They view all of life as an opportunity for self-expression.
They follow their true passions.
They surround themselves with beauty.
They connect the dots.
“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
They constantly shake things up.
They make time for mindfulness.
Take a moment and read the article…once you get past the convoluted introduction, it’s very straightforward, non-intellectual, intuitive. Start reading at the paragraph that goes: While there’s no “typical” creative type, there are some tell-tale characteristics and behaviors of highly creative people. Here are 18 things they do differently.