Be creative. Be innovative.

April 5, 2012

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I used to think I wasn’t creative. I can’t draw, sketch or paint. (I promise, some of my friends can prove it!) But is that all creativity is? No, creativity is innovation, thinking of better ways to solve a problem, writing what you think about and helping people.

When an innovative, fostering environment puts you in your element, you grow. I have been writing a lot more lately for my new job at PeopleClues and something I have discovered is that I am in the best possible environment for growth right now. I am being pushed and challenged to write better and more and I love it. So I ask, what are you doing right now to be challenged? Are you in an innovative environment? If not, here are some things you can do to help yourself.

Create your own innovative environment.

Force yourself to put away all the electronics and sound. Simply close your eyes and think about what you like to do. When you force yourself to focus on something in your mind your creative juices begin to flow. Figure out where your best ideas come from, working out, swimming, running, relaxing and do that more often.

Get your thoughts down on paper.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer or an artist, everyone is creative at something. Just start writing, brainstorming, drawing, or sketching out your ideas. No one will see I except for you, so what’s the problem? Writing your ideas down can lead to more ideas and breakthroughs.

Don’t be afraid of the unknown.

It’s scary when you are trying to do something new. Just do it. Start a blog, a book, a painting, a business, whatever it is that you want to do, do it. Even if you fail, you will learn from your mistakes and keep moving. You don’t need a formal business plan for everything. Work hard and take the risk of putting your work out there. No ones perfect and people like to see real life.

Sometimes you’re craziest ideas are your best.

Think your idea is insane? It’s probably one of your best. Don’t be scared to suggest your ideas at work. Tell your boss, so what if he/she thinks it’s crazy. Odds are next time they want to brainstorm they will come back to you and ask your advice. Innovation wins, be on the edge, and create something unique.

I’ve learned to stop saying I’m not creative. Because the fact is, we all are, you just need to find your environment and your support system. Go for it!

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