In the midst, of all of my talk about “creating” and “creativity,” this morning I stopped by Seth Godin’s blog and enjoyed his thoughts about being creative or not creative in a post, entitled, Creativity and stretching the sweatshirt. Good stuff. But let’s be honest, when Seth blogs, it’s usually good! Here is a portion of the short post, read the rest if you feel so inclined too!
1. If you want to be creative, understand that you’ll need to get to the edges, even if the edges have moved. Being creative means immediately going to the place the last person left off.
2. If you are “not creative,” if you are the sort of person that gets uncomfortable being creative or has been persuaded you’re not capable, don’t worry about it. Just stretch the sweatshirt in your spare time, watch the creative things other people have done, keep up with the state of the art. Then, when you do your “not creative” thing, most people will think it’s pretty creative indeed.
It would seem the question is either, “Do you need to get to the edges?” or “Do you need to stretch that shirt your wearing?” Hmmmm…