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so i was going to do this ages ago when they released this single but i didn’t get around to it, so everyone check out this band, insights. they’re only starting off but already have a considerable following for a local band that’s only released one single. chuck their facebook page a like, too

To be a creative, do what creatives do

If you intend to be a painter, then paint. Or if a writer, then write.

Do so vigorously and because you see colors and brushstrokes or stories and sentences in your mind.

And when the critics come – and they always come ” saying “who are you to be a painter or a writer?” Don’t listen to them. If you listen to everyone who criticizes you, you’ll have no choice but to doubt yourself. Doubting yourself is the quickest way to prove the critics right, but not giving yourself a chance. Not giving yourself a chance is why you stop creating, sometimes momentarily but all-too-often permanently.

However, if you persist, if you paint or write even when people question what you’re doing, eventually those who ridiculed you will see that you have become that thing that you set out to become.

Because what is a painter but someone who paints? Or a writer someone who writes?

I feel that we often forget such simple “ bit vital ” wisdom. We feel that we’re not an artists, writer, musician, entrepreneur, scientist, or anything else because we’re not that type of person now. But to become those things typically the only thing standing in our way is to do the work that those people do: to paint, to write, play music, start a business, experiment.

Whatever creative thing it is you want to do, go do that thing. That’s the only way to go, as far as I can tell.

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What creativity can do

“If you can’t solve a problem, it’s because you’re playing by the rules.” – Paul Arden

Before 1697 it was impossible to fathom that a swan could be any color other than white. “Rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cygno” the saying went, “a rare bird in the lands and very much like a black swan.”

Early digital computers were often the size of entire rooms and were only used for complex calculations. In 1977, then President of Digital Equipment Corp. famously quipped: “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”

Up until Salvador Dali made The Persistence of Memory #&8211; detailed clocks painted as melting over a desert landscape – very few people (if any) had thought of incorporating scientific theories into surrealistic artwork.

Of course these things are all easy to scoff. Of course swans can be colors other than white. Of course computers would have shrunk to fit in our hands. And of course paintings can incorporate deep scientific or philosophical meaning.

Yes, of course, here we are.

But remember that it was once common to believe the world was flat. That was reality some centuries ago. It was right to believe that nobody would want a room-sized computer in their home. It was expected that swans could only be white.

We see these things as flawed thoughts today because we know that they are. We have the evidence – black swans, iPhones, paintings made by computers – in front of us.

How many things do you believe exist today that are wrong? How many impossibilities will we, as a species, overcome? What can creativity do?

There are problems in the world today which solutions certainly exist for, we simply haven’t thought of them yet.

We can start small, your dreams of starting a business, of hanging your work in a famous museum, of publishing a popular book. All are ideas that can certainly exist.

It’s not a matter of whether or not these things are possible. To solve the world problems, to make our ideas a reality, is a matter of how tackle the tasks.

In all areas creativity is the approach we must take. That’s one part of the reason creativity matters, and that our future depends on educating the value it provides. It’s not enough to emphasis intelligence and analytical thinking in today’s world. We must recognize just how powerful the creative mind can be.

Some solutions will fail, of course. Some will remain incomprehensible until other realms of technology or thinking improve themselves. But anything is possible given enough brain power and time.

To again quote Paul Arden: “If you can’t solve a problem, it’s because you’re playing by the rules.”

If you want to help move the world forward, even just a smidge, you have to start by pursuing creativity. You do that by breaking the rules of what you believe or think you know.

Photo by Dylan Steinberg.

Related:

How to be creative on the spot

Why we pursue creativity

Yes! Your creativity is what the world needs

Ways to discover the impossibly possible

Tanner Christensen

This article was written by Creative Something founder Tanner Christensen. For more creative inspiration follow me on Twitter or like Creative Something on Facebook.

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The one meta-level thing is to take agency over your own learning. In the traditional academic model, you’re passive. You sit in a chair, and the teacher tries to project knowledge at you; some of it sticks, some of it doesn’t. That’s not an effective way to learn. Worse, it creates a mind-set of “you need to teach me,” so when you’re on your own, you think, “I can’t learn.” Anyone in any industry will tell you there’s new stuff to learn every week these days. So you have to say, “What information and people do I have at my disposal? What questions do I need to ask? How do I gauge whether I’ve really understood it?” Khan Academy is designed to give students that agency. If you want to get more tangible, I would say learn how to program a computer, more about the law, and definitely statistics.
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Salman Khan in response to: “What are the key concepts students should understand in order to be successful in today’s workplace?”

In my opinion this is important because Education is the reason we’re where we are. And we’ve pretty much got it all wrong. I’ll be posting more on this (and others) in the next couple of weeks, hopefully. 

Is your idea is right or wrong?

Quickly, three different styles of painting are shown below, tell me which one you think is right:

Cubism, surrealism, and realism. Which one did you guess is right? The question itself isn’t a real one. It’s the equivalent of asking what sound yellow makes.

When it comes to artwork there is no “right” answer. A painting that changes style, color, context, and presentation isn’t more wrong than another painting, it’s simply a different style.

The same is true of creativity. But we’re too easily persuaded that’s not the case.

How often do you wind yourself up fearing that your ideas will be in some way wrong? How many times does that fear leave you stuck or like you’re better off abandoning an idea? We become terrified at the idea of someone critiquing our creative efforts before they have a chance to fully understand them. We don’t want to be wrong. So we stand back, we don’t take a chance, we let the idea float into the back of our minds (or notebook) until a less dangerous idea makes itself known.

But, like art, creativity has no right or wrong.

An idea that is different than others – either by execution or context or some other manner – is merely different, not right or wrong in any sense of the words. The only requirements for creativity are that the idea is original and provides at least some level of value. That’s it, and with that definition the world of possibilities for what our ideas can be or become is vastly larger than I think we allow ourselves to see. Your ideas don’t have to fit in some mold of right or wrong!

When we start to look at our ideas in this context it frees us up to experiment more, to play with our curiosities.

All ideas should be explored. It’s only by exploring ideas – getting them out of our notebooks and certainly out of our heads ” that we can see what they’re really about. Only after we’ve done something with our ideas can we see how appropriate and powerful they may be.

Starting today, Don’t worry about whether or not you’ve got the right idea. Worry about what you’re going to do next with the idea instead.

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