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10 paradoxes of being creative

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One of the biggest generalizations about creative people is that they’re unpredictable, and you’re never quite sure what makes them tick.

In an age when creative ideas, creative approaches and creative solutions are the key to success in many fields, particularly entrepreneurship, it helps to break down the puzzle that is the creative mind into more understandable parts.

Fast Company’s Faisal Hoque provides an excellent summary of the paradoxes of creative people presented by Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People (HarperCollins, 1996) to make dealing with the artists among us a little easier.

1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest.

They work long hours, with great concentration, while projecting an aura of freshness and enthusiasm.

2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.

“It involves fluency, or the ability to generate a great quantity of ideas; flexibility, or the ability to switch from one perspective to another; and originality in picking unusual associations of ideas. These are the dimensions of thinking that most creativity tests measure and that most workshops try to enhance.”

3. Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility. But this playfulness doesn’t go very far without its antithesis, a quality of doggedness, endurance, and perseverance.

“Despite the carefree air that many creative people affect, most of them work late into the night and persist when less driven individuals would not. Vasari wrote in 1550 that when Renaissance painter Paolo Uccello was working out the laws of visual perspective, he would walk back and forth all night, muttering to himself: “What a beautiful thing is this perspective!” while his wife called him back to bed with no success.”

Full story at Fast Company.

Cracking the code of creativity.

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