Posted by: Arjun Aiyar | October 7, 2014

An Ode to Creativity…

Written on a bench in a public park: ‘To become a creative person, you must lose your fear of being wrong’.

Listed below are a few ideas on creativity. These ideas are derived from people of significance. My gratitude to the originators of this inspiration: John Maxwell, Jim & Nancy Dornan, Basil & Leonie Harris, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Parmahansa Yogananda, Eckhart Tolle, Skip Ross, and many more…

Creativity is…

  • Achievable by all
  • A willingness to look foolish or silly
  • Being able to see what everybody has seen, and think what nobody else has thought, so you can do what nobody else has done
  • The joy of not knowing it all
  • Teachability
  • Curiosity
  • Invention (breaking new ground)
  • Innovation (doing old things in a new way)
  • Largely a matter of asking the right questions (why must it be done this way, what are the other possible solutions, who has a different perspective on this, etc)
  • Being willing to risk failure

Creative people…

  • Spend so much time outside the box, they don’t have a box anymore
  • Continually engage in new experiences – surfing, climbing mountains, playing a musical instrument, reading an abstract subject, talking to strangers, new food, etc
  • Believe in people and play before profit
  • Have a limitless reservoir of ideas
  • Find other creative people to spend time with
  • Distance themselves from negative attitudes and negative people
  • Are incompatible with the status quo
  • Challenge boundaries and continually ask ‘why?’ .. they also ask ‘why not?’
  • Exude passion
  • Use picture, photos, inspirational objects, toys, music and games to promote creative thought
  • Are happy or at least work at keeping themselves happy

Creative people ask these questions, often…

  • How can I help here?
  • Who can help me with this challenge?
  • How can I make this work?
  • How can I make this possible?
  • How can I add value now?
  • What brilliance is hidden within me?
  • Where can I find the solution?
  • How would child solve this?
  • How would an intelligent person solve this?
  • What is a different way of doing this?
  • Why do I like this idea?
  • What are the underlying issues involved here?
  • What does this remind me of?
  • What is the opposite of this?
  • What metaphor or symbol can I attach to this?
  • What is the value of this idea?
  • What’s the hardest or most expensive way to carry this out? (then ask the opposite)
  • Who has a different perspective on this?
  • What happens if I don’t do it at all?
  • In my wildest dreams, what can this idea lead to?

Creativity – A Holistic Perspective…

Creative people:

  • Sit in silence (for some time) at least once day
  • Observe their thoughts (as it were a movie)
  • Consciously enhance the quality of their thoughts
  • Read or listen to philosophy and quantum physics
  • Feel the present moment – the here and now – as often as they can
  • Give unconditional love to others – and look for ways to add value
  • Believe in Abundance
  • Consciously and regularly express boundless gratitude to circumstances, people and the divine
  • Commune with nature (walk on grass, dip in the ocean, climb a hill, look intently at flowers, feel the breeze, watch a baby with awe)

(Arjun Aiyar is a Corporate trainer, Holistic Success Coach and Motivational speaker based in Dubai. His organization caters to corporates and individuals by providing training and coaching in soft skills and behavioral areas. Learn more about Arjun’s business on or read his other articles on his personal blog )


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