“The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.” –Ernest Newman
What is creativity? I believe the word has become an overused and largely overused word. It is a word that get tossed around to describe an elusive quality that everyone wants, including companies seeking it for employees, but doesn’t realize they have. It may not be innovation of breakthrough and completely unique ideas, as one traditionally defines the word, but through other avenues.
My favorite definition of the word comes from the book “Mastering Creative Anxiety” by Eric Maisel, which states that creativity is
” the word we use for our desire to make use of our inner resources, employ our imagination, knit together our thoughts, and feelings into beautiful things.”
Whether in the home, art, business or within your hobby, creativity needs outside input to blossom and bloom. Through chunking or mindmapping or expanding your database of knowledge, your creativity sparks or grows as it is able to link ideas much like trains in a station. The more you have to pull from the bigger, stronger and more capable train of thought you will have.
The source of one’s creativity or passion in life has always been something of interest to me. I like learning about what compels one to create, strive for greatness or produce amazing pieces of their soul for the world to enjoy. From success in business to framing one’s art for the wall (or fridge), I love learning about ways to enhance my creative life from sources around me.
This blog is my way of documenting ideas, thoughts or points of interest. It’s my way of “mindmapping” concepts and ideas to jumpstart my memory, extend my database and help produce the “aha” moments.