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Creativity is not an external force or a rare skill; it's a habit that can be learned and exercised every day. This course challenges preconceived notions about creativity and provides valuable tools that will unlock this skill to help you generate better ideas faster. Let Stefan Mumaw help you identify and break down creative obstacles, and lead you through a few short, fun exercises that build your creative muscles, while illuminating key points about your behavior, experience, and perspective that you might not have realized before.
Instilling any positive habit in your life, like creative growth, will almost certainly be met with resistance because you are instituting behavioral change. These changes require self control, and research has shown that self control is actually an exhaustable resource. You only have so much to give. So you often let those obstacles slip you back into your old routine. Eventually these slips lead to feelings of guilt, and to remove that guilt you give up the fight. The first step to overcoming these obstacles is to recognize them.
This is harder than it seems. The reason the obstacle exists is because they're difficult to foresee. They seep you into your, back into your routine and quietly take root. If you can recognize the symptoms of these viruses, you can prepare to overcome them. In this chapter, we're going to identify six primary obstacles that may arise, as you work to develop positive creative habits. We'll look at each of the contexts as a battle they represent. Two opposing forces that will fight for your behavior. The first, is artistic versus creative.
It's common for people to say, I don't have a creative bone in my body. This idea that we're not creative comes from an inaccurate definition of creativity. As we've established at the beginning of this course, creativity is not artistry, it's problem solving. But somewhere in our development we associated creative with artistic, and this simply isn't the case. Creativity and artistry are completely separate events. Let's use an exercise to illustrate this. You're going to need a piece of paper and a pencil. So if you need to pause the movie now to retrieve those things, do so.
Are you ready? Awesome. Now, take the piece of paper and separate it into four quadrants. At the bottom of the first quadrant, write the word pain. At the bottom of the second quadrant, write the word danger. At the bottom of the third quadrant, write the word pressure. And at the bottom of the fourth quadrant, write the word surprise. Your task was drawing something to represent those words, but there are restrictions. You only have four straight lines and one circle to use. For each.
Only one circle, and four straight lines for each. I want you to draw a pictogram that represents each word using four straight lines and a circle. You're only going to have one minute for each one, so pause the movie here, and start drawing. Now, look at what you drew. Your solutions are most likely not very artistic. Artistry is the creation or pursuit of beauty. And I would guess what you created wasn't overly beautiful, but your solutions were undoubtedly creative.
You represented with a problem. With that problem had purpose and restriction and you solved it with a variety of relevant and novel ways. This is why artists and deisgners often make the worst Pictionary players. We're so concerned with beauty, we lose sight of the goal of the game which is to communicate quickly using a visual language. Artistry and creativity are completely different disciplines. Don't fall into the trap of believing that you are not creative, because you're not artistic. Continue to view creativity as problem solving with relevance and novelty, and you'll continue to improve the quality and quantity of your ideas.
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