The Secret To Being Incredibly Creative

Turn other people’s junk into your own treasure.

Peter Burns
May 17, 2020 · 11 min read

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”— Rumi

My grandfather was one of the most creative people I know. He would be able to see other people’s junk, take it, and turn it into his treasure.

Creativity is About Transformation

“The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny.” — Alexander Pope

While no one can exactly define what creativity really is and how it happens, there are several thinkers who have tried to illuminate the process and give us a sneak peak at what goes into it.

  • 2) Incubation
  • 3) Illumination
  • 4) Verification

Creativity Starts with Curiosity and Wonder

“Philosophy begins in wonder.” — Plato

The creative process is a lot like philosophy. Philosophy is about combining different ideas, and coming out with answers to some of the toughest existential questions.

  • Curiosity
Image for post
Image for post
I wonder

Inspiration for Creativity can be External or Internal

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” — Leonardo da Vinci

The inspiration for creativity need not be the world around you, but can also be inside of your brain. Creativity is both about discovery, but also about the conception of something new.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Igor Miske on Unsplash

You Often Become Creative in the Diffuse Mode of Thinking

“The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.” — Sigmund Freud

The old view of the brain made a distinction between a rational, logical left-brain, where thinking unfolded in a linear fashion, and a messy, non-linear, creative right-brain.

Creativity is a Journey that Happens Deep Inside Your Brain

“Perhaps the journey towards epiphany is an unseen, steady process towards understanding. Likened to a combination safe, as you scroll the dial towards the inevitable correct combination you cannot tangibly see your progress.” — Chris Matakas

With the diffuse mode of thinking you enter the incubation period, which is the second stage of the creativity process. Wallas saw that there were two ways of doing this.

Creativity is as Wide as Your Imagination

“Imagination is everything.” — Albert Einstein

This is how that famous “eureka” moment happens. It’s not that suddenly you get a spark of genius, and an idea pops into your head instantaneously as if by magic.

You Need to Have the Building Blocks Ready for when Inspiration Strikes

A creative person has the ability to come up with unconventional solutions to a wide range of problems. They can see the extra-ordinary in the mere ordinary, or to create a masterpiece just through the use of their imagination.

Mind Cafe’s Reset Your Mind: A Free 10-Day Email Course

We’re offering a free gift to all of our new subscribers as a thank you for your continued support. When you sign up using this link, we’ll send you tips on how to boost mental clarity and focus every two days.

Mind Cafe

Relaxed, inspiring essays about happiness.

Peter Burns

Written by

Peter is extremely curious and wants to know how everything works. He blogs at Renaissance Man Journal (http://gainweightjournal.com/).

Mind Cafe

Mind Cafe

Relaxed, inspiring essays about happiness.

Peter Burns

Written by

Peter is extremely curious and wants to know how everything works. He blogs at Renaissance Man Journal (http://gainweightjournal.com/).

Mind Cafe

Mind Cafe

Relaxed, inspiring essays about happiness.

Medium is an open platform where 170 million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. Here, expert and undiscovered voices alike dive into the heart of any topic and bring new ideas to the surface. Learn more

Follow the writers, publications, and topics that matter to you, and you’ll see them on your homepage and in your inbox. Explore

If you have a story to tell, knowledge to share, or a perspective to offer — welcome home. It’s easy and free to post your thinking on any topic. Write on Medium

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store