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How to Master Creativity and Uncover Your Creative Genius

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How to Master Creativity and Uncover Your Creative Genius
This page pulls together my most essential information about creativity. I'll share how creativity works, how to find your hidden creative genius, and how to create meaningful work by learning how to make creative thinking a habit. I've tried to present the basics of everything you need to know to start mastering creativity, even if you don't have much time.

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The creative process is the act of making new connections between old ideas or recognizing relationships between concepts.

While being creative isn't easy, nearly all great ideas follow a similar 5 step creative process.

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The 5 Step Creative Process

  1. Gather new material directly related to your task as well as learning general material by becoming fascinated with a wide range of concepts.
  2. Thoroughly work over the materials in your mind.  Examine what you have learned by looking at the facts from different angles and experimenting with fitting various ideas together.
  3. Step away from the problem. Next, you put the problem completely out of your mind and go do something else that excites you and energizes you.
  4. Let your idea return to you. After you have stopped thinking about it, your idea will come back to you with a flash of insight and renewed energy.
  5. Shape and develop your idea based on feedback. For any idea to succeed, you must release it out into the world, submit it to criticism, and adapt it as needed.

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Creativity is learned

Some people are primed to be more creative than others.

However, nearly every person is born with some level of creative skill and the majority of our creative thinking abilities are trainable.

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How to Be Creative

How to Be Creative
  1. Give yourself permission to create junk.
  2. Create on a schedule. Genius arrives when you show up enough times to get the average ideas out of the way.
  3. Finish something. Anything. Stop researching, planning, and preparing to do the work and just do the work.
  4. Stop judging your own work. Laugh off your mistakes and continue to produce the thing you love.
  5. Hold yourself accountable. Share your work publicly. It will hold you accountable for creating your best work. 

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How to Find Your Creative Genius

Finding your creative genius is easy

  • do the work, 
  • finish something, 
  • get feedback, 
  • find ways to improve, 
  • show up again tomorrow. 
  • Repeat for ten years. Or twenty. Or thirty.

Inspiration only reveals itself after perspiration.

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If you find yourself stagnating by focusing on generic problems, try to re-conceptualize the problem by focusing on a more meaningful angle.

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Creating “psychological” distance may be useful for breaking through a creative block.

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Finding Your Creative Genius Takes Years

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Give Yourself Permission to Create Junk

Successful writers do not write elegant first drafts, nor do they feel wildly enthusiastic and confident.

Creating something useful and compelling means you have to permit yourself to let the inspiration flow. You will write a lot of junk but can then sift through it to find bits and pieces of brilliance here and there.

Create on a Schedule

The act that will uncover creative genius is by forcing yourself to create regularly and on a schedule, not just create when you feel inspired.

The best thing you can do is to do a huge volume of work. Creative genius becomes visible when you work consistently to get the average ideas out of the way.

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Creativity is complex

It means producing something novel or original, evaluating, solving problems, whether on paper, on stage, in a laboratory or even in the shower.

Knowing how to think

Geniuses know “how” to think, instead of “what” to think.

People who are more creative can simultaneously engage brain networks that don’t typically work together.