When you reach the end of a good book or a great movie, or simply any art, you transport yourself to a faraway land and feed a hungry imagination through the vicarious reliving of each and every scene that stirred your emotions, where any crazy, hopeful thing can and does happen. How do you envision such creative ideas and transform them into art? How can you create your niche in music, dance or theatre? How can you be a creative entrepreneur? Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creative thinking means being able to look at everything from other’s perspective yet see something different.
“Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for” – Dead Poets Society.
Here are 5 commandments on how to be creative and awaken the artist in you –
1. Love what you do or do what you love but love it enough
To be creative means to be in love with life and being positive, dreamy and optimistic. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it and make it marvellously desirable in your head so it turns out to be a captivating fairy tale for how else Disney was born!
2. Break the rules
As Picasso says “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Just when you think you know something, dare to look at it the other way. Gain new perspectives and build castles in the air.
3. Don’t do different things, do it differently!
Authentic, new ideas are always invaluable but originality is non-existent. If something resonates with your soul or fuels your imagination, don’t bother borrowing ideas but execute them differently. Devour old films, music, books, photographs, poems, dreams, paintings, random conversations and make them yours. Celebrate your borrowed ideas in your authentic voice and put yourself out there. Remember “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to”!
4. You become what you think. Be curious!
Curiosity leads down to new paths. Creative ideas are fueled by curiosity and powered by imagination. Let your thoughts lift your spirits. Everything is interesting. Just look closer.
5. Solitude is victory.
The best of thoughts come to you in solitude. Afterall, the bliss of solitude flashes the inward eye! Create a space and be patient. Innovators are the ones whose dreams are clearer than the reality that tells them they’re crazy. It is okay to be eccentric to pull out the best in you.
“You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
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