EP 022 - Curiosity Killed No Cat

What is creativity? And why do so many people believe they are missing that “creative bone”?

Well first of all. You are creative. You’ve just let others silence that creativity over time. See when we’re children we are endlessly creative. We’re born with no chains on our imagination or curiosity. We have the freedom to explore and create with abandon.

But then as time goes on, we have to get more "practical."  More structured. And we end up inadvertently demonizing the curious with old sayings like:

Curiosity killed the cat.

He let his curiosity get the best of him.

Get your head out of the clouds.

But practicality and structure and creativity are not mutually exclusive.



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Transcript:


Howdy friends, welcome back to the XD Podcast, as usual I’m your host--Tony Daussat.

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When someone says:

I’m not creative.

or

I don’t have a creative bone in my body.

I would say to them…

You’re a liar.

Now-- that’s a little strong, so let’s break it down.

Okay. So.

Creativity.

What is creativity? And why do so many people believe they are missing that “creative bone”?

Well first of all. You are creative. Yes. You. You’ve just let others silence that creativity over time. See when we’re children we are endlessly creative. We’re born with no chains on our imagination or curiosity. We have the freedom to explore and create with abandon.

But then as time goes on, we... have to get more practical. More structured. And we end up inadvertently demonizing the curious with old sayings like:

Curiosity killed the cat.

He let his curiosity get the best of him.

Get your head out of the clouds.

But practicality and structure and creativity are not mutually exclusive. And it’s this negative conditioning of creativity-- the, either, you have it or you don’t mentality that is crippling so many people from experiencing that freedom they had as children. Too often we immediately associate creativity with art. Painters, writers, composers, and the like. But those groups of people are not the privileged gate-keepers of creativity. We all hold the key.

Like so many things in life, if we don’t practice, build, and work on that creative muscle… it shrivels up and fades away...

Seemingly.

But it’s there. And there are ways to get it back.

So how do we tone our creative muscle and let those juices flow? (that kind of sounded off)

First of all. Stop it. Stop saying you aren’t creative. Don’t ever say it again. Don’t feed into the lie. The more you speak it, the more it becomes true and the more you continue to squash that innate ability you were born with. You have to flip your script.

You have to rewire your mind, and redefine what it means to be creative.

Secondly. Is secondly a word? Second of? Second.

Break the rules.

Yes--Of course there are some rules we must follow and continue to follow in order to exist among humans in a decent way. However, the rest? The rest of the rules that tell your mind that Z has to follow X and Y, and 2 + 2 must always equal 4? Those are the types of rules we need to allow ourselves to break.

Take for example--This spoon. For those of you listening on the podcast and not watching, I am holding a spoon. It’s plastic. It’s yellow. And it’s about 5 inches long.

Rules tell us that this is a spoon. And if I were to ask you what you might use this spoon for, presumably, the first thing you would say would be something along the lines of, “Eating something.” Or, “Cereal”. Which...that’s correct. Nothing wrong with that answer. You have very successfully followed the rules.

But now we need to flex our muscle.

What if I were to ask you--what might you use this spoon for that has nothing to do with food, or putting things in your mouth? Stream of consciousness … what comes to your mind? Allow yourself to break the rules. Be open.

It could be used to cover one eye while testing your vision at the optometrist.

It could be used by garden gnomes to dig themselves very slowly out of garden gnome jail.

It could be melted down and poured into a thousand molds to create plastic beads.

Or if you're a fan of the Matrix… Maybe there is no spoon?

You see once you start allowing yourself to break the rules… that muscle starts to get bigger.

I’m not saying it’s creative genius. But it is creativity.

And once you start to apply that same technique to your work, your everyday tasks, your relationships, or raising your children… you’ll find that at the end of the day… creativity is nothing more than granting yourself the freedom to solve problems in a unique way.

Finally I’d like to say, there's something I noticed I do, and other do as well that I'm really trying to stop doing… labeling artists and designers as “creatives” or “creative types” all the time. I’m very guilty of this. And I think it’s time we stop doing that. Because even though it is not our intention-- when we label ourselves and other artists as “creatives” we inadvertently immediately other everyone else. And we play into the misconception, and wrongfully further bolster the lie that artists = creativity.

Everyone is creative. Some just allow themselves to show it and experience it more often than others.

There's a reason why I finish every episode with a single call to action: stay curious.

I think it's important to understand that you are creative. So be open. Give yourself permission to tap into your inner child and be imaginative and curious.

Don’t let your curiosity get the best of you. Let your curiosity be the best you.

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