Your Skills Bring Out the Creativity In You

Creativity can be defined as the ability of a person to generate new ideas and thoughts, solve problems in different ways, think differently, or seeing things from another perspective. Creativity is a trait that cannot be learned or adapt by seeing another person, it can only be found in the person’s thoughts and imaginations. Creativity when combined with the person’s skills, can help a person outstand from others. It makes you a unique
element that cannot be found in the common world.

What are the required creativity skills ?

You can improve your thought process by taking some simple steps. This will also change your perspective and you will get to learn new creative skills that will always help you. Here are the few creative skills that you can learn to become more creative in your workplace:

  1. Making connections- Your thinking process and ability to make connections between different things can help you a lot in being creative. Always try to connect things that you find new and find a common part between the new things and the things you have seen before.
  2. Making Observations- Observation is an essential part of the creative thinking process. Observe things and situations in front of you. This will help you connect things easily.
  3. Asking Questions- Whenever in doubt of a new thing or a situation, try to clear it out by asking questions. Your imagination and ability to see things and thought processes always raise questions in your mind. The more you ask questions the more you are in process of being creative.
  4. Experiment- Experimenting with your thoughts is sometimes necessary. Although, it can be harmful to your workplace sometimes, still, a creative person is always willing to experiment with his ideas to see if it works or not. They see failure as an opportunity to better and think differently.
  5. Networking- The environment near you affects your thinking process. You must try be around the people who are creative at their work , have different thoughts and perspectives. This will help you think out of the box. Your network of people with creative skills will eventually enhance your creativity, imagination and thought process.

Creativity at Workplace

You can also try a few steps to enhance your creativity if your workplace does not have the environment which helps you think creatively.

Draw your work: Whatever you strategize for your work, try to draw it on a writing pad. You can don’t need to be artistic for it, just a simple flow diagram would also be enough for it.

Change your thought process: Try to find a solution for a problem in a different way than others. Look for alternate ways that can be more helpful and time-saving. Imagine things differently and it will help you definitely.

Listen to music: Listening to pleasant music has a positive impact on your brain. It relaxes your brain which later increases your brain activity. Obviously, a relaxed and refreshed mind would be more creative than a tensed one.

Change your environment: As mentioned earlier, being around with people who are creative and think out of the box will make you think like them, change your perspective towards different things and situations.

Now, you have learned about being creative and how to enhance your creativity. Try these simple tips and grow better in your workplace. Make yourself outstand from the common crowd.

Giving your Passion a True Chance!.

As children, many of us often came across questions such as what is it that we wanted to do with our lives, where did we see ourselves as a working adult, and so on.
Singer, dancer, Astronaut, sports celebrity were some of the popular answers. The mere thought of these opportunities being distant was, back then, scarcely credible. But we aren’t unfamiliar with the singer next door, who used to entertain us at all the social gatherings, joining the corporate for a handsome package, we all know the society drama queen badgering us with all those videos, now working as the manager at the B & B. So, what made us give into whatever the society chose for us to do? There are many examples that depict the opposite
as well, take the example of late Sushant Singh Rajput, who left engineering at a prestigious college just to pursue his acting passion and charmed us all on screen.
The key to pursuing something is to give it the due time and dedication along with your persistence but the thing we don’t remember is to nurture the purpose with our confidence, back our stance emotionally. It’s also not possible to make it the sole purpose of our living, considering the responsibilities towards our family and society. But did we actually do our bit? I mean, did we actually exhaust all the possible credible ways towards our goal?! There are people who’ve turned their passions into incomes at ridiculous ages, they just kept ensuring the same as a resolution, years after years, as if it were sacred, inevitable to them.
Now with the tech support so grown, the learning essentials are a click away. Skill providers, such as cross skills have been helping thousands fill that void with music, dance, art classes at fingertips on their mobile or computer screens. There are many who take out time from their jobs and social engagements to work on
their passion and skill-building.
In addition to the gorgeous possibility that the skills someday might eventually form your work life, there are many other advantages, one of which is confidence in life. The mere idea that you have got something to fall back upon gives you the confidence to take greater risks with your career, moreover, the personal achievements in the field of your passion will keep you joyful and boost your confidence.
So, in my opinion, the following are the bare minimum to give your passion the true chance it deserves:
● Sketch and map the goal outline and the steps towards it.
● Give the skills proper time to grow, take out regular time from your schedule to keep up to date with the field.
● Don’t shy away from showcasing the skills, broadcasting the skills,( however little you’ve learned) gives you the motivation to grow further. However one shouldn’t be boastful.
Give your 100% to the work at hand according to the time you’ve allotted to any particular task!
All the best!.

Negativity- the Mother of Creativity?

An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.

We find ourselves idler than ever before, as we’ve had to cut down on several things from our daily routines. Many of us sit and do what we do from the comfort of our beds. And more often than not, even when there’s pending work, our minds wander off. The news we see these days from around the world doesn’t exactly impress the best of emotions on our brain. There’s a lot of frustration, anger, uncertainty, and boredom in the air- these negative emotions are breeding faster than ever before inside us. But how about instead of dealing with these emotions to simmer them down, you channelize them towards something more valuable? Before I get to my point, I would like you all to listen to one of the most popular compositions of all time- The Köln concert recording by Keith Jarret: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FqH9mtxJnQ

Heard it? Exhilarating, isn’t it? This was performed at the Opera House in Cologne on January 24, 1975. The album went on to become the best-selling solo album in jazz history and the best-selling piano album of all time. But do you know the story behind what made it what it is today? It’s probably something you’re feeling right now- frustration.

Keith Jarret was invited to perform at a concert at the Cologne Opera House in Germany by a German teenage girl called Vera Brandes. When Jarret arrived at the venue and checked out the piano he was to play, he was extremely dissatisfied, since the piano was simply wrong for him. The black notes were sticking, the white notes were out of tune, the piano had a harsh tinny upper register, the pedals weren’t functioning, and the piano was too small to ensure that everyone in the audience could hear it properly. He requested a change; else he wouldn’t perform. But replacing an instrument like the piano at the eleventh hour was impossible, and the only choice Vera had left was to beg the musician to perform. Seeing her pitiable state, Jarret agreed. When he began playing the piano, he was completely frustrated, since he was also suffering from sleep deprivation and backaches. He came up with a few tricks of his own to ensure that the piano produced enough volume to cover the entire Opera House by standing up and using all his frustration and energy on the keys. This captivating performance was a direct result of a frustrated pianist with an unplayable piano.

When we’re in a negative state of mind, we think that it’s important to first overcome these feelings- maybe eat some comfort food, watch your favourite show, go for a walk, or simply sleep it off- and only then will we be able to work efficiently. We sit and wait until we’re handed the right tools, or are finally in the right state of mind. But sometimes, embracing these feelings, and channeling these negative emotions by understanding them and identifying their root cause, can often be the birth of a brainchild. It’s a surprising twist to overcoming your problems, and it might not seem right- after all, how can these emotions, that are negative and supposedly brain-damaging- be the solution?

According to complexity science, when you’re presented with a huge problem, you tend to break it down into steps, solve the problem accordingly, and if something doesn’t work out, you tweak things to make them work out and try again. Trial and error might eventually lead to results, and according to Norwegian Business School professor Geir Kaufmann, Ph.D., people in a positive state of mind work well with a systematic trial and error approach. But what if you approached the whole problem in a whole new way? You randomly try out things that come to your mind, no matter how wild they may seem? They might not lead to any results, but they will help you learn more about the problem, understand it better, and help you gain a new perspective. Here, you make a mess out of the problem first (which is considered negative), and then the knowledge you gain from this, assists you to creatively approach your problem.

We’re told to drive away these negative emotions because dwelling in the darkness isn’t a great idea. But it’s not something you can help, is it? Everyone has their ups and downs, and it’s important to celebrate the ups, but equally important to know how to channelize the downs into something that holds value, instead of giving in to it entirely. The vacuum that negativity creates in your brain, forces you to think outside the box. This stems from the idea that being in uncomfortable and awkward situations that might fester negative emotions, brings out hidden potential. Just because it doesn’t appease you immediately, doesn’t mean it won’t be helpful in the long run. Therefore, it is important to identify the source of your anger, consider your strengths, and then analyze how those traits could be put to use to “play your unplayable piano.”