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Environmental Experiences Also Matter

Environmental Experiences Also Matter

Environmental experiences substantially affect creativity-- including socioeconomic origins, and the sociocultural, political, and economic context in which one is raised. These environmental factors are most likely larger compared to genetic factors.

Another hugely important environmental factor for creativity is the availability of role models in one's childhood and adolescent years.

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Creativity Is Often Blind

Creativity Is Often Blind

If only creativity was all about deliberate practice. We could all just practice our way to creative acclaim. But in reality, it's impossible for creators to know completely whether their new idea or product will be well received.

Only someone with almost infinite wisdom could figure out th...

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The "10-Year Rule" Is Not a Rule

The "10-Year Rule" Is Not a Rule

 The idea that it takes 10 years to become a world-class expert in any domain is not a rule. Many composers took less than 10 years and even more took longer than 10 years. Creativity doesn't have ...

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Creative People Often Have Messy Processes

Creative People Often Have Messy Processes

While expertise is characterized by consistency and reliability, creativity is characterized by many false starts and lots and lots of trial-and-error. 

If creativity was merely a function of deliberate practice, you would expect that with increasing deliberate practice would come increasin...

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Original, Meaningful and Surprising For Everyone

Original, Meaningful and Surprising For Everyone

Creative products must be surprising in that the original and meaningful creative product must be surprising not only to oneself, but to everyone. This is exactly how the United States Patent Office evaluates n...

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Creators Rarely Receive Helpful Feedback

Creators Rarely Receive Helpful Feedback

When creators put something novel out into the world, the reactions are typically either acclaim or rejection-- not nearly as useful feedback as making a foul shot to audience applause or checking your weight on a scale to see if you're making progress toward your weight goals.

The standard...

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Talent Is Relevant to Creative Accomplishment

Talent Is Relevant to Creative Accomplishment

If we define talent as simply the rate at which a person acquires expertise, then talent undeniably matters for creativity. Some people clearly get more bang for the buck out of a given training regimen. 

This may be an inconvenient truth, but it does counter the idea that creativi...

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Genes Are Relevant

Genes Are Relevant

Modern behavioral genetics has discovered that virtually every single psychological trait-- including the inclination and willingness to practice-- is influenced by innate genetic endow...

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The Polymath: Creative People Have Broad Interests

The Polymath: Creative People Have Broad Interests

While the deliberate practice approach tends to focus on highly specialized training and purposeful techniques designed for improvement within a specific field, creative experts tend to have broader interests and greater versatility compared to their less creative expert colleagues

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Too Much Expertise Can Be Detrimental to Creative Greatness

Too Much Expertise Can Be Detrimental to Creative Greatness

The deliberate practice approach assumes that performance is a linear function of practice. While this may be true for many well-defined domains of human achievement, this doesn't appear to be the case for creativity. The relationship between knowledge and creativity is best characterized by an “...

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Personality Is Relevant

Personality Is Relevant

 Not only does the speed of expertise acquisition matter, but so do a whole host of other traits. People differ from one another in a multitude of ways. This includes general and specific cognitive abilities (IQ, spatial ability, verbal reasoning, etc.), personality dispositions,...

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Outsiders Often Have a Creative Advantage

Outsiders Often Have a Creative Advantage

If creativity were all about deliberate practice, then outsiders who lack the requisite expertise shouldn't be very creative. But many highly innovative individuals were outsiders to the field in which they contributed.

These individuals didn't deliberately practice down an already existing...

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Creativity: The Definition

Creativity: The Definition

While creativity often draws on a deep knowledge base, creative products, by definition, are much more than expert products. This is because creativity must be original, meaningful, and surprising. Original in the sense...

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Sometimes the Creator Needs to Create a New Path for Others to Deliberately Practice

The deliberate practice approach is focused on using deliberate problem solving to learn an existing set of rules within a domain. Creative people are not just good at solving problems, however. They are also good at finding problems.

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