7 Deadly Sins of Creativity

Nice and clever words. Attack the problem from negative side as sins. I would trade the second and first sins. Passion comes before knowledge. The biggest problem for some IMBA students is fear of failure. #5 of taking a break is my favorite.

I call them the seven deadly sins of creativity.

1.  Lack of knowledge and attention.

Knowledge and attention are absolute necessities.  Creative thinking cannot be productively applied until a certain level of knowledge is gathered about the current situation or problem at hand.

2.  Lack of passion and enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm is the lifeblood of creativity.  Creativity blossoms when you are passionate and enthusiastic about what you are doing.

3.  Doing exactly what you’ve always done.

There’s a saying that the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  If you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting.

4.  Fear of failure.

Most creative ventures step into the unknown, slowly taking you in a direction you haven’t gone before.

5.  Never pausing for a break.

The biggest bursts of creativity often come when you walk away from the problem for awhile.

6.  Never testing the impact of your creative output.

There’s more to the creative process than simply having an idea and executing it once behind closed doors.  Most creative ideas that leave an impact on the world are relentlessly tested, reviewed by third parties, and sometimes modified and tested again.

7.  Confining yourself to boundaries others set up.


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