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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!

8 Incredible Quotes To Inspire You To Be Creative At Work

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Joseph Joubert, French essayist, once said, “I love quotations because it is a joy to expressed with much authority by some recognized wiser than oneself.”

Here are 8 of my absolute favorite quotes about creativity:

Creativity requires courage.

Creativity requires courage because you are moving away from your comfort zone.

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”-Erich Seligman Fromm, social psychologist

If you want to be creative, stay in part a child.

Kids are curious. They want to know more about the things around them.

“If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.”- Jean Piaget, psychologist

The very essence of the creative is its novelty.

Creativity is strange, but necessary for growth and development.

“The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard to judge it.”- Carl Rogers, psychologist

Creativity and enthusiasm

“Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.”- Earl Nightingale, human character development

Give them more time to play

“If you want creative workers, give them time to play.”- John Cleese, actor

You can’t use up creativity

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”- Maya Angelou, poet

Creativity is not the finding of a thing

“Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making of something out of it after it is found.”- James Russell Lowell, poet

A creative mind is a free mind

“A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self- imposed limitations.”- Gerald G. Jampolsky

If you enjoyed this quotes, feel free to send it to your friends. Be creative!

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If You Want To Build A Great Organization, Read And Digest These Quotes

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A good quote has the power to change how we work. Here are 10 of our favorite quotes on how to create a great organization:

On productivity.

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”- Paul J. Meyer

On planning.

We always plan too much and always think too little.”- Joseph Schumpeter, economist

On organizational learning.

An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”- Jack Welch, former GE CEO

On strategy.

The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.”- Michael Porter

On prioritization.

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”- Stephen Covey

On life.

There are three constants in life: change, choice, principles.”- Stephen Covey

On attitude.

Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.”- OG Mandiho,

On preparation.

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”- Alexander Graham Bell

On concentration.

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”- Alexander Graham Bell

On questioning.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”- Albert Einstein, physicist

4 Ways To Kill Creativity In The Workplace

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Companies that want to survive today’s hostile business environment need to be creative. In some companies, that is not the case. The case is that they don’t want to be creative. They don’t want to take risks. They want to do things the way they have been doing it.

Let’s take a look at how managers kill innovation and creativity in their workplaces. But before we do that, let’s look at what experts have said about creativity.

James Russell Lowell said, “Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making of something out of it after it is found.”

Erich Seligmann Fromm said, “Creativity requires the courage to let go of uncertainties.”

Another scholar, Jean Piaget said, “If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.”

Now, let’s get to how managers or companies kill innovation and creativity:

Managers get in the way of creativity.

Sometimes managers think they are helping their employees by controlling everything that they do. No, They are not. When smart and creative employees feel that they don’t have control over their own jobs, they are not motivated to do anything. As a result, morale and productivity will suffer. As a manager, if you want the best employees to stay and work well with you, you have to create an environment that supports creativity, not the one that stop creativity.

Risk is not acceptable.

A person cannot be a creative person without taking risks. A company cannot be a creative and innovative company without taking a calculated risk. Without risks, there is no success. Without risks, there is no advancements. Without risks, there is no growth. As a manager, if you want your company to do well in today’s hostile economy, you must allow your employees to take risks. You must allow your employees to experiment. 

Managers don’t want chaos.

Creativity and innovation are chaotic. As Carl Jung once said, “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” If you want to be successful in business, discard the old way and adopt a new way of doing things. In addition, allow your employees to be free to produce something from nothing.

Managers don’t work with experts.

In order to be really innovative and creative, you need to work with experts. People who understand the art of creativity. You need to work with internal and external experts. According to Niels Bohr, “An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.”

Werner Heisenberg said, “An expert is someone who knows some of the the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject, and how to avoid them.