There was a tread over in the PTI forum that sparked a long response from me... and I thought I would share it here on my blog. (I'm long winded, what can I say) Joan B asked... can creativity be learned?
I believe that creativity is a seed planted in everyone. It needs nourishment and time to grow and grows at different rates for different people. I have seen Inhibition stunt that grown. Mistakes are friends in the creative process too... so don't kick yourself when something goes the wrong way. look for a new path for that project... learn from it. It's through mistakes that my creativity has grown the most.
One thing that I remember hearing is that we are often creative and are unaware of it. Maybe we know how to think out of the box with finances or writing, maybe even cleaning our house. If we can hone in on that creative seed we can learn ways to pull that creativity over into other aspects of our lives. I have seen this in my life so for sure.I've seen it in my DH too! He is the exact opposite from me... a true businessman.. number cruncher, organized to the "T"! Yet, he is creative in how he performs his work and when he had a desire to pull that creativity into his personal life he was able to learn how to tie flies and create his own fly patterns.His desire was the road for that creativity to travel... and it's neat to see him thrive in that area now.
Lastly, it's important to NEVER compare yourself to others. (I do struggle with this sometimes too.) I know that's not productive... yet comparing your old self to the new self... seeing your progress down the road of creativity is where you should look. Pat yourself on the back for the progress you've made...even if it's a baby step. I remember when I was 19 being asked if I had any talents... I said No. (even though I danced...silly girl) My own self-doubts ruled my ability for a long time. I still feel them, trust me, but I try now to Duel them! En guard!
Thanks for listening to my unsolicited advice.... stepping down off the soap box now! LOL! I would love to hear your take on this subject!
Have a creative day! :)