You’ll never compete with the natural-born creatives, your ideas are unoriginal, your work is never as good as you imagined, your ideas usually aren’t that good, and you don’t look like any of the other creatives. All of these might be true, but does that mean you aren’t creative?
This website catalogues some misconceptions about creative thinking. You won’t find shortcuts, quick tips, or easy fixes — only truths so that you can put in the hard work needed to become a better maker of things – if you’re up for the challenge.
60% of the CEOs in an IBM poll cited creativity as the most important leadership quality.
According to the World Economic Forum, creativity is, or is related to, 9 of the top 10 skills that global executives say is essential for 2020 and beyond.
The Centre for Creative Economy reported that creative industries boast faster job growth and slower job loss than other sectors.
94% of managers say it's important to consider creativity when hiring a job candidate (Adobe, 2014).
Recruiters rank creative problem solving as the 2nd most difficult skill to find among job applicants (Bloomberg).
So creative thinking is vital for people doing the hiring, difficult to find, crucial for the future of work, and boosts job security.
Creatives are born creative
Creativity is like a muscle. The more you use it, the more effective it becomes.
Creativity is about making new things out of nothing
Creativity is about combining existing things in novel and meaningful ways.
Perfection is a realistic target
Perfectionism is the enemy of done.
Creative people come up with more good ideas than bad ideas
Good ideas are buried under layers of many bad ideas.
Creativity is sexy
The creative process is messy, hard work, frustrating, and thrives on failure and experimentation.
Your creativity sucks
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We'll get into these some other time
Creativity is mainly about making things pretty
The creative process is neat and elegant
Constraints are an enemy of creativity
Clichés are to be avoided
Ideas come directly from the brain
Good ideas are obviously good from the beginning
Ideas happen in a flash
Creativity isn't profitable
Discomfort is bad for creativity
Creativity happens in isolation
Boredom, procrastination and day-dreaming are a waste of time
Obscurity is a bad thing
Anxiety and insecurities are negative traits for a creative
The quality of your work is good enough to guarantee success
There is one right answer
Creative people are more intelligent than other people
Reach out if you’d like me to present these ideas IRL at your studio, company, organisation, shed, dungeon, or evil lair.
We published a book that dives into five major misconceptions about creative thinking. This website is the skeleton, the book adds some meat.