Everyone is Creative
Do you think of yourself as creative? Or do you think you missed that gene? You admire others who paint or sculpt or write or create, but it’s not for you. Or maybe you remember a teacher encouraging you as a child, but that was long ago and you no longer think you’re very innovative.
David B. Goldstein and Otto Kroeger argue that everyone is creative. In their new book Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive, they give readers the opportunity to understand their creative potential. When you take the quiz, you discover which of over sixteen personality types you are and how you can harness your unique creative power.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with David about his work and what he has learned about creativity and personality.
Invent a Better Way
David, most people only use a fraction of their potential creative ability available. What do you say to those who say they don’t care whether they are considered creative or not? Why is it so important to understand your style and become more creative?
Great question, Skip! Everything is changing quickly and each day we all have to solve unprecedented problems at home and at work. To survive and to compete we need to be creative. Creativity isn’t just about making art or music; it’s about inventing better ways to do our jobs, and if we leave creativity up to others, we will be left behind.
Busting Creativity Myths
You bust myth after myth about creativity. I think you list twenty myths. Let’s talk about a few of them. Would you share just three of these myths and why they are wrong?
Yes, there is much mystery around the creative process and the myths that many of us accept harm us by holding us back. Here are three:
1. “There is only one type of creativity.”
A critical mistake many of us make is in assuming that we’re all the same. Did Henry Ford have the same kind of creative style as Picasso? Ford was conservative and created within a rigid model; Picasso was much more fluid. We all have unique knowledge, can learn techniques, and are capable of creating in our own way. Give a classroom of children a topic and ask them to write an essay, and then see how many variations you get. Each of us sees the world in our own way, and we act accordingly. Our creativity is as unique as our fingerprints and leaves an impression on whatever we make.
Creativity is about inventing better ways to do our jobs. -David Goldstein