Action produces courage. Most scientists say that creativity calls on persistence and problem-solving skills, not positivity. Having “fun” is not the same as having “flow”. Turns out there’s a science behind being creative.
Anna Jordanous of Kent University in England and linguist Bill Keller of Sussex University identified 14 recurring terms used to describe creative processes across different fields:
- Active involvement and persistence
- Dealing with uncertainty
- Domain competence
- General intellect
- Generating results
- Independence and freedom
- Innovation and emotional involvement
- Progression and development
- Social interaction and communication
- Spontaneity and subconscious process
- Thinking and evaluation
- Variety, divergence, and experimentation
More than just sparks of genius;” being creative calls for effort and engagement. Aptitude, attitude, and appetite – get down to it.