Tina Seelig: The 6 Characteristics of Truly Creative People
[My notes while watching this video.]
1. Foster your imagination by:
a. Framing and re-framing problems: Challenge yourself to look at things from different perspectives.
- Question your questions
- ie: Instead of 5+5=? why not ask ?+?=10 to encourage creative thinking? [My note: Well, I think we need 5+5 at some point, but we could choose not to focus on it. Because technically, ?+?=10 is algebra and not simple math.]
b. Connecting and combining different ideas: Putting things together in interesting ways
- Shin-dogu (珍道具)- Japanese art of creating un-useless inventions… putting things together in surprising ways. [The things] are not useful. They’re not useless, but when you put them together, interesting things happen.
c. Challenging your assumptions
- ie: Produce something of value with material in a garbage. What is “value” to you?
2. Imagination is not enough to make things happen, because you need to start with a basic knowledge, a toolbox for your imagination.
a. Paying attention: We don’t usually pay attention to the world in a way that reveals interesting solutions.
- ie: A friend while commuting noticed how businesses are influenced by weather. He started a weather insurance company.
3. Attitude (In addition to imagination and knowledge)
a. Need to be driven, motivated, and have confidence to solve a problem. What if you are missing one piece of your puzzle, how driven are you to find that piece? On that note…
b. True innovators are not puzzle-builders but quilt-makers. Put together what you have into a quilt.
These are the insides of the innovation engine. Knowledge is the toolbox for imagination, imagination is the catalyst to change knowledge into new ideas, and attitude is the engine.
But we still have a problem: Environments that do not foster creativity.
4. Habitat- People, rewards, incentives, physical space
a. Space is the stage for your life- need “creative” spaces.
5. Resources- (Money), people, natural resources, processes, community
a. When building our quilt, look beyond money.
6. Culture (Which infuses an entire organization)
a. Change how we see “failure.” “Failure” is not failure. It just shows what does not work, it is data. Celebrate them, learn from them.
b. Culture is powerful. It is the background music of your world, and it can powerfully influence how you feel and act.
Images are screencaps from the video.