Usually, the topics of business and creativity don’t come up in the same conversation. Many believe that business is all about making money, while creativity is about art and imagination. So how do two rather different ideas fit into one?
Creativity in business is a way of thinking that inspires, challenges, and helps people to find innovative solutions and create opportunities out of problems. It’s the reason some companies wow us with new, amazing ideas, whilst others merely follow the beaten path. It’s the source of innovation and inspiration.
Linkedin named creative thinking the most demanded skill nowadays. Other researchers…
This article is submitted to the June-August writing competition on creativity and resilience.
It all started when I went to Foyle’s on Charing Cross Road in London. I used every trip to London to stockpile books (especially from business and self-help sections) and never could contain myself. So much variety, so little time to read them all!
This time, however, funds were running low. “One book,” — I told myself. “You are allowed only one book, so choose wisely.” As if this could somehow have helped (rolls eyes). After thorough browsing through bookshelves, I finally picked a little white book…
How often do you feel rushed and pressured for time? It often feels like having 24 hours in a day is not enough. Technology helped us to automate many tasks and create more free time, and yet we fall into a trap of spending that time chasing after distractions.
This doesn’t leave much space to make mistakes. If you create something it has to be flawless. We see art masterpieces, unicorn startups, people who achieved everything that they wanted in life and fixate on that outcome. …
Wise people say “You can have anything but you can’t have everything”. I would like to add “at the same time”. This is why your ability to focus is your biggest advantage. When you are able to concentrate on one thing instead of spreading yourself thin, you’ll be able to achieve the results faster and maintain higher quality.
Focus is a virtue. In the modern age of information there it became more difficult to maintain your attention.
But what about multi-passionate people and creatives? It applies to them too, though another aspect comes to light. They use their numerous interests…
If I could only keep one mindful practice in my arsenal, without any doubt that would be practicing gratitude. I feel like it often gets overlooked for its simplicity but I think it one of (if not THE) best ways to improve one’s life.
However, simply listing the things in your life that you love doesn’t do the trick. In the same way, you can list ten ways to become a billionaire and still make a few dollars per hour. What would make it work is adding action.
When you add the feeling of gratitude to your practice, it takes…
Many people mistakenly equate creativity with art. While artistic expression is a big part of creative endeavors, it’s not the only thing.
This misconception makes a lot of people doubt whether they are creative or not. Those who are not outstanding musicians, painters, or writers often give up on themselves too early
But the good news is that there is much more to creativity than artistic value.
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.— Mary Lou Cook
So if creativity is not (just) art, what is it?
It combines being open to new…
From an early age, we are taught that failure is the opposite of success. But the world isn’t black and white. Shutting the failure out of your life can do you more bad in both personal and professional environments.
The fear of failure can become a huge roadblock on the road to success. It results in waiting for a perfect moment and striving for perfection which is almost impossible to achieve. Besides that, it creates extra pressure on the person.
Take startups for example - 9 out of 10 startups fail. There are different reasons, but this is not the…
Imposter syndrome has been part of my professional life for as long as I can remember. It was a constant nudge to be better, learn more, never stop growing — all because I felt inadequate. And I know I am not the only one experiencing it.
You’d be surprised to know how many people experience it every day. Famous people and high-achievers are no exception.
There are several reasons why we experience it, united by the same underlying issue — looking for external validation:
First of all, this is a reminder for myself. If you feel like you need a bit of bitter honest motivation, this is for you too.
What is the one thing that is stopping you from going after your dreams? You can probably name at least 10 legit reasons why you stick to the safety of your comfort zone instead.
The sad part is that you can achieve almost anything… but you choose not to.
Human potential is astonishing. We are creative and resourceful. We have energy, ideas, focus and desire to create and achieve. We are able to pull…
Why should we care about bad ideas at all? They are useless. Unless…
The world is not black and white. We were taught in school to follow rules in order to find the only right solution, but this one-sided approach to problem-solving damages creative thinking.
Creativity doesn’t know right or wrong — it speaks in opportunities and challenges.
When we fixate on finding the only right solution, we see any other idea, that doesn’t fit the success criteria, as a failure. Bad ideas equal failure and no one likes to fail.
The thing is that to create something worthwhile you…
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