Most people associate creative thinking with artistic skills or great achievements. These are skills such as painting, writing, composing music, or achievements like the discovery of electricity, space travel, or vaccines.
While these are all creative endeavors indeed, there are some others that we miss, that we don’t consider as part of creative thinking. But in reality, many jobs nowadays require creative thinking skills.
When we talk about this valuable skill nowadays, we need to ask ourselves…
“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
First of all, let’s take some examples of solutions for day by day tasks that resulted from applied creative thinking:
- A low-income family creating a plan to pay the debt.
- Parents create bedtime stories for their children to teach them not to be afraid of the dark or sleeping alone.
- Salesmen finding a way to sell a product or service to a very difficult client.
- Finding ways to deal with pain, to smile when people are hurt, to deal with frustration while showing goodness.
- A manager finding ways to say “Thank you!” to their people, making them feel important and valued.
- Hiring managers inventing new ways to test capabilities, through games, interesting questions, or problems.
And much more.
In other words, creative thinking means simply finding a new or improved way to do anything. It can be applied at home, at work, in any job. Basically, everywhere where we can improve something and do better.
There are always better ways to do anything. We learn new languages, new habits, we create new medicine, new ways of cooking, we come up with new jobs and better products.
However, we are not born with this skill, it is a learned one. But the first thing we have to do when we think about acquiring it is to believe that it can be done. We only have to try as long as it takes until we come up with something new and creative. Without realizing it, in the process, we develop this skill and we improve it over time.
In conclusion, the world is moving faster and faster, and simply accept not having a creative thinking mindset, and doing nothing about that, is one of the biggest mistakes people make these days.
Now it’s YOUR turn
- What is one creative thing you did recently? Did it work?
- Do you usually come up with new ideas? If not, what’s stopping you?
Through this article series, we are helping you build a solid mindset. We are strong believers that once we can understand a subject, we can engage with the idea or refuse it altogether. Both ways are helping us grow and develop our own way of seeing the world.
In the end, everything starts with us, with our mind, our self, and even our stories. Choose to act now on Studylia.