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Benefits To Creativity

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People talk about the physical and mental benefits from creating art, why expressing yourself in a tangible way is therapeutic, and sharing your vision or talent with the world is so satisfying, but until you try it for yourself, it will be an abstract concept.

We now live in an always–on, always–connected world, and you can spend your entire day consuming information and passively responding to all of the inputs and demands of your daily life.

For me, I have two artistic activities that give me a terrific outlet. Painting and dancing regularly is a way to actively express myself and provides a deeply satisfying sense of active engagement with my life.


I was encouraged to paint as a child and developed as a creative person into adulthood. I have had the ability to use my “artistic” skills to solve all kinds of problems in my life and my global business career.


When confronted with a new challenge, I would always look at it from all angles and try many different iterations at solving the problem, much like the way I might paint an abstract painting or learn new moves that I needed to master.

The willingness to try something new, to make something out of nothing but one’s own ideas and vision, are all traits that artists develop in spades that are also shared with entrepreneurs and creators of all kinds.

In today’s economic environment where change is accelerating and is the only constant, no one can afford not to be creative or innovative. The problem solving skills and thinking out of the box skills that artists develop are so applicable to the survival skills needed to thrive in our constantly changing world.


EVERYBODY IS CREATIVE

According to fine artist John Paul Caponigro in a TED talk, “The human being is a creative species.”  We’re born creative.  But we are taught to be self conscious and judgmental about our creative capabilities and most people shut down their creativity by early adulthood.



EVERYBODY IS CREATIVE

According to fine artist John Paul Caponigro in a TED talk, “The human being is a creative species.”  We’re born creative.  But we are taught to be self conscious and judgmental about our creative capabilities and most people shut down their creativity by early adulthood.


When younger children come to my home, I offer them crayons, pencils, paint and paper. Each child seems to know exactly what they want to work with and what they want to paint or draw. After about half an hour, they are also proud to share their work. This innate freedom of expression and delight in their work seems to shrink away as the children become older.

I have started to have creativity workshops for my friends and peers and am delighted to find that this creative impulse and can be found again with a bit of regular practice!


WHY PRACTICE CREATIVITY?

My experience has demonstrated
to me the benefits of practicing creativity.



WHY PRACTICE CREATIVITY?

My experience has demonstrated
to me the benefits of practicing creativity.


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There is joy
in pure play
and expressing
ourselves.

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We become more
observant of the
world around
us.

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Expressing our creativity makes us more confident of our vision and self-expression.

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Engaging in art absorbs our attention and creates “flow”, the satisfying feeling of being in the moment.


ENHANCE YOUR CREATIVITY

Every new way of thinking about something or trying something new enhances your creativity. If you are interested in practicing an artistic activity, give yourself permission to try new things, be open to exploration of different art forms.



ENHANCE YOUR CREATIVITY

Every new way of thinking about something or trying something new enhances your creativity. If you are interested in practicing an artistic activity, give yourself permission to try new things, be open to exploration of different art forms.


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    Try taking a painting or drawing class.

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    Do not be afraid of failure or being in a messy, uncertain state while creating new things.

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    Suspend your judgment and avoid trying to “CREATE ART”. Play, experiment, give yourself freedom to try new things.

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    There are so many interesting galleries and museums, concerts, the theatre, modern dance, flamenco dance, tango, ballet.

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    Read biographies of creative people you admire: musicians, dancers, artists, entrepreneurs.

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    Try dancing, writing, acting if these are appealing activities.

Comments 7

  1. Massimo Siena

    The human being has an innate ability to adapt itself to the environment changes; without any extraordinary physical ability we have been forced to “imagine” new solutions for surviving, this is our unique very strong ability: to “design” and “create” a new reality around us.
    We every day train this ability more often than we can perceive with different levels of “freedom” and “limits”: finding every month a way for paying your house mortgage, cooking a good meal for your family with few ingredients or designing a new bags collection.
    Personally I find very stimulating the mental approach that I have learned in the Industrial Design practice: a mix of pure creativity (high level of “freedom”) and need to respect a certain number of limits and “rules” (materials, technology, commercial, financial, etc.).
    This kind of “creativity” can be easily applied in every activity: I have personally experimented that in the business management, especially when is necessary to involve a large number of expertise for solving complex problems the “Design Thinking” approach is particularly effective.
    I met Kyung in Milan few months ago and I had the pleasure to discover a very interesting person with an high level of knowledge for international business and an incredible sensibility for the importance of Creativity: this kind of mix is for sure the secret of success for every Manager in the next future.
    Massimo Siena

  2. Eun Y. Kim

    Thank you for encouraging us to unleash our creative potential. You inspire us to “reclaim our creative confidence” through mindful practice of expressing ourselves without fear. I wish your dancing video were a little longer. Thanks again.

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