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What is Creativity?
Creativity: the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, or imagination.
To this definition let us add the following:
Creativity: an act of transformation by which we turn one idea or thing into something else by way of intellectual, chemical or manual alchemy.
The Courage to Fail Over and Over Again
Creativity is the experimental laboratory of civilization. It expects and needs trial and error, and the courage to fail over and over again. In the words of Samuel Becket on the secret of his creativity:
“Fail, fail again, fail better.“ Samuel Becket
The Sum of Creativity is Always
Greater than its Parts
Creativity may look like a noun but it is really a verb—and in specific an action. It could be an interior or exterior process–a thought or a manifestation, an idea or a product, but it is always an action, an energy, a putting one’s self forth into the unknown. Creativity is the world of the intrepid explorer, of the adult 2 year old, who never ceases to ask the questions:
How creative are you? The following test helps you determine if you have the personality traits, attitudes, values, motivations, and interests that characterize creativity. It is based on several years’ study of attributes possessed by men and women in a variety of fields and occupations who think and act creatively.