How to Master Creativity and Uncover Your Creative Genius
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While being creative isn't easy, nearly all great ideas follow a similar 5 step creative process.
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.
Finding your creative genius is easy:
Inspiration only reveals itself after perspiration.
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It means producing something novel or original, evaluating, solving problems, whether on paper, on stage, in a laboratory or even in the shower.
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Is the ability to generate many ideas or solutions from a single idea or piece of information.
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Is the ability to take many pieces of information or data and generate one solution.
It is largely taught and encouraged in schools and workplaces.
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