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Creativity starts in the mind. If you are not creative in your mind, you can’t be creative in your job. We all have the ability to be creative, but we are busy beating ourselves up for what we cannot do. You are a creative person ONLY if you see yourself as one.

You can be a creative person if you want to. It is in your mind. It is in how you see yourself. If you see yourself as a creative person, your brain will pick it up. But if you don’t see yourself as a creative person, it will be difficult for you to change. This is not to scare you. You can do it. It starts with looking at things differently, thinking differently, challenging yourself, getting out of your comfort zone, opening your mind to new ideas, meeting new people, and asking intelligent questions. You can be creative. YOU DON’T NEED A UNIVERSITY DEGREE TO BE CREATIVE. If you can think, you can be creative.

Creativity means looking at things in different ways. You need creative ideas to move on in life. As Edward de Bono put it, “Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in different ways.” I know sometimes it is hard to be creative in an organization that doesn’t support creativity. A lot of people want to express their creative ideas, but the organizations they work for do not support them. If your organization does not support creative ideas, there is nothing you can do about it. If you need it badly, you might consider leaving the company. Before you do that, make sure it is your core mission to use your creativity to better your life and the lives of the people around you. If not, don’t leave your job.

As I said earlier, you don’t need a college degree to be creative. If you want to be a creative person, open your mind to new people and to new ideas. Don’t reject what you don’t know. Instead of you rejecting it, ask great questions about it. Remember, questions lead to more questions, not to more answers. You can also increase your creativity by your associations. Hang out with creative people. If you do that, you will start to develop your creative muscles. The more you use it, the better it becomes. Maya Angelou famously said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Yes, the more you train your creative muscles, the more you will have.

If you want your creative muscles to grow, start using them today, right now!

The Two Most Common Mistakes In Life

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Nothing in life is perfect. Mistakes happen when we are trying to master our crafts. Mistakes happen when we are trying to be who we really are. Mistakes happen when we are trying to create the life we want for ourselves and others. The question is: “Can we live without making mistakes?”

Mistakes happen when we try to make things perfect. Can we make things perfect? NO. If you want to enjoy what you are doing, don’t strive for perfection, strive for progress. Strive for improvement. Improvement is better than perfection. If you are looking for perfection, you are just daydreaming. Keep dreaming!

There are two mistakes in life:

Your mistakes.

Other people’s mistakes.

It does not really matter who is responsible. It matters that you pay attention to what happened, how you can learn from the mistakes, and how to reduce it next time. If you are responsible for a mistake or mistakes, don’t blame anyone, own it. If you start blaming people, you will never learn from your mistakes. If you are not responsible for the mistake or mistakes, do the same thing- learn from them. Don’t go around blaming people for their mistakes. Pay attention to what they did wrong and how they are going to fix it or reduce it.

We are human beings. Human beings make mistakes. We all make mistakes. But don’t let your mistakes stop you from moving forward. Don’t let your mistakes stop you from pursuing your dreams. Don’t let your mistakes stop you from finishing what you started. Don’t let your mistakes be the obstacles standing in your way. Don’t let your mistakes make you give up on your dreams. Mistakes can change your life forever if you have the courage to learn from them. Mistakes can change your life forever if you are humble enough to learn from them.

You will make mistakes when you try to live your life, because we are not perfect. You will make mistakes when you try to make something new, something creative. You will make mistakes when you are starting something new. You will make mistakes when you are trying to undo the old, boring stuff you have been doing. You cannot avoid it. The best way to manage mistakes is to embrace them. Let them be part of your daily life. Don’t make it a habit of making reckless mistakes. That is not what I am talking about here. I am talking about making a mistake in a productive way. Yes, you can make a mistake in a productive way. It is productive if you learn from it. It is not productive if you learn nothing from it.

The way to handle mistakes:

According to J. Lyman MacINNIS, “The way to handle a mistake is to be big enough to admit it, wise enough to learn from it, and smart enough to fix it.”

When you make mistakes, admit it, learn from it, fix it if you can, and move on.