“I wish I was creative.” Many people who do not consider themselves artists will voice this sentiment when viewing art or media. Let me tell you a secret: I hear artists including myself say this all the time. “I wish I was more creative.” Because in all honesty I'm not that creative. The great news about creativity is that just like most anything else, creativity can be learned.
Some people are more naturally inclined and appear more creative at the outset. In comparison, some people appear significantly more buff others but not because they were born this way. They are in impeccable shape because they work their muscles to get to that point. Some people are naturally thin and others are naturally thick but both will become unhealthy in spite of their natural appearance if they do not take care of their body. Just as different body types approach weight lifting differently and achieve different results, so it is with creativity. Everyone comes at creative thinking from a different personal angle.
Before we go further we must first establish the origin of creative thinking: desire. Without desire you are doomed because you will never start. For instance, take the creative skill of drawing a picture. The number one reason people don't know how to draw is not because they lack the ability, it's because they've never tried long enough or cared enough to learn and improve. Note: I didn’t say that they “can’t” draw. I said “they don’t know how.” There’s a difference! There's anything wrong with not knowing how to draw. There are other priorities in life that are just as important. But if you are even the least bit curious about this topic, let that be the spark igniting a fire of endless possibilities. Careful, once you start down this path there's no turning back. OK you’ve been sufficiently warned.
Creativity is rearranging the building blocks of reality. There it is. There is the secret to being creative. The answer to how to think creatively is similar to a popular shoe brand: just do it! Rearrange the building blocks of reality. Now you have creative thinking. We will go further in this study because we need direction and explanation for you to use, understand, and apply creative thinking. Remember: creativity minus boundaries equals disaster.
- Mark Baral, December 2017