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Quiz -- Are You Creative?
Worried you may not be creative or you may not be creative enough? This quiz will help you find out just how creative you are.
Take a piece of paper and number it from one to seven. For each question, write down the corresponding letter of your answer.
1. When you come across a rose, you immediately:
A. Smell it.
2. One of your dreams in life is to:
A. Write a novel.
3. Your desk:
A. You have trouble finding as it's buried under everything including the kitchen sink.
4. The person you admire most is:
5. You consider yourself:
A. Extremely creative.
6. You get new ideas:
A. All the time.
7. You dream in:
Throw out all your answers except for number five -- "You consider yourself:". If you answered:
A. Extremely creative -- Then you're extremely creative.
Okay, this was a bit of a trick. But it's true. How creative you think you are corresponds with how creative you really are.
A couple of studies illustrate this. A big company wanted to increase creativity in its employees. So it hired a group of consultants to come in. The consultants started by thoroughly testing all of the employees. They discovered the only difference between the employees who were creative and those who weren't was this: Creative people believed they were creative and less creative people believed they weren't.
Even more telling was what happened to the group that wasn't creative. The consultants focused on helping them nurture their creativity. At the end, those employees were actually more creative than the ones who had initially considered themselves creative.
And that means you too can become more creative. In fact, how creative you become is entirely in your own hands.
Creativity Exercise -- Assumptions
Ready to become more creative? Here's an exercise.
Write down all the reasons why you're not creative. Go on. Write them all down. Every negative reason you can think of.
I've never been creative in my life.
I haven't had a new idea in over a year.
I don't have time to be creative.
Now reverse those negative assumptions and make them positive. Like so:
I am a creative person.
I have lots of new ideas all of time.
I don't need time to be creative because I already am creative.
Do this every day and see what happens. This is a great way to start getting rid of those inner demons that keep all of us from realizing our true potential.
Michele Pariza Wacek owns Creative Concepts and Copywriting, a writing, marketing and creativity agency. She offers two free e-newsletters that help subscribers combine their creativity with hard-hitting marketing and copywriting principles to become more successful at attracting new clients, selling products and services and boosting business. She can be reached at http://www.writingusa.com.
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Drawing On Creativity: How To Trick Your Brain
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Creativity Management - Measurement, Benchmarking, and Improvement
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Creativity and Innovation Management : Why Products Fail!
There is no sure fire route to commercial success but the probability of success can be increased. This is important for at least two reasons:a) Resource Management.
Is Your Team Suffering from FWTS?
Who do you know who is feeling stuck, under-performing, or dealing with frustration and upset?These folks might be suffering from FLAT WORLD THINKING SYNDROME! (FWTS)"Flat World Thinking Syndrome" is the number one issue standing between predictable performance and breakthrough performance. Allow me to illustrate.
3 Clever Creative Strategies!
I've got a confession to make..
Creative Dreams - What Winter Driving Taught Me
We had a winter storm the other day here in Toronto. And as I was driving, I started thinking about what my winter driving had in common with my creative dreams.
Art, Artists and Vocation
"If you really want to upset your parents?go into the arts!"-Kurt VonnegutHow many times have people been told that "You can't make it as an artist."How many times when you've told someone that you are studying theater, dance, the visual arts, do people look at you and cringe; feel sorry for you, and feel that you and your family have wasted a great deal of money, and that you have wasted years of your life.
Story and Screenplay Structure
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You may have heard of Roger von Oech's book, A Whack on the Side of the Head: How to Unlock Your Mind for Innovation. It's as much fun to read as its title suggests.
How To Let The Subconscious Mind Do The Creative Work
From time immemorial mankind has wished for an Aladin's lamp, which would make wisheds come true.The closest thing to this magic lamp is the subconscious mind.
Dare to Dream
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When you think about the legacies Walt Disney left us, do talking mice and a multigizillion dollar company come to mind? Actually, those are only the products of his prodigious and rich creativity - dig deeper and you start to realize one of the most intriguing heritages Disney left was his processes.Disney was a creative and problem-solving genius.
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Creativity Isnt Just About Art It Is About Healing
Go on, pick up a pen, hold it in your hand and ask, " What can you do for me?"What do you hear? If you listen with your heart you may hear " I can show you a world within that only you and I can explore! Let's start writing and see what we can find."As you travel deeper within you will start to find a world of emotion and thoughts that you never imagined you had, whether you are delving into those dark corners of pain or dancing into the lightness of your being.
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