What if I told you that you and Pablo Picasso were born with the same amount of creativity? Would you believe it’s true? It’s time we put to rest the idea that creativity is a gift that was only granted to a few, chosen ones. The reality is that everyone is creative, and you too can become a more creative entrepreneur.
The problem is that only a few people consistently practice their creativity because it’s hard work and, most importantly, many people don’t know how. Here are some things you can start doing to awaken the creative entrepreneur inside.
Keeping a journal
Artists like Picasso have a place where they record their ideas called sketchbooks. They use it to write thoughts, things they have seen, questions they have, etc. Maybe they have a cut out of an article they found interesting or notes about the last dream they had.
Where do you record your ideas? Whether it is your phone, a journal, or a post-it, there should be a place where you keep those ideas together and you are able to revisit them.
Having a place to record your ideas is very important, otherwise, you’ll forget about them. It has been proposed that innovative ideas can come from merging two separate concepts or a combination between the new and the familiar. Artists fill up sketchbooks and keep them around to revisit their ideas and connect them with new things they have discovered.
“[Y]ou can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”-Steve Jobs. Stanford University commencement address, June 2005
Try something new
When it comes to connecting the dots (as Steve Jobs says), the more dots you have the better the connections will be. Be open to experiences. Look for events that have little in common with what you do or what your business is about. We are very good at finding connections and most likely you will come across something that will spark an idea you would have never thought about had you not opened yourself to a new experience.
Know that you will fail.. and be okay with it
“There is no innovation and creativity without failure.”-Brené Brown
Be open to failure. I would actually suggest you stop using the word failure and replace it with opportunity. Because when you fail, you have an opportunity to reflect on what didn’t work and how you can improve it. Also, if you have plenty of opportunities, you are more likely to be getting closer to shaping your idea into something more concrete, and what happens when things don’t go your way? You’re obligated to problem-solve. And creative problem-solving is what leads to innovation.
Artists are passionate about what they do, and they keep that fire burning because they have a clear idea of what they want. But that idea isn’t clear from the beginning. They have to go through trial and error until they’re able to shape that idea into exactly what they envisioned. That’s how they keep the passion alive. They know what they want and every brushstroke and every decision they make is leading them towards that vision.
I hope this inspires you to want to become a more creative entrepreneur. Whether it is by looking at failures as opportunities to come up with innovative solutions or trying something new that leads you to a new discovery. But remember that creativity is not a once a month type of practice. You must do it consistently to see its results.
Read our blog on How to Train your Creativity for more tips on reconnecting with your creativity.