All of us are born creative. There is a creative person in all of us, just waiting to GET OUT!

I have had so many conversations about this over the last few weeks with clients in government agencies, not-for-profits, multi-nationals and small businesses.

I am passionate about this topic, and what’s possible once we shift the story we tell ourselves about our creativity.

Here’s where this problem starts…

Exploring Creativity

At school, for so many of us art was about not making mistakes. It is that drawing something realistically (which is observational and logical rather than creative). It was about being given an objective and asked to create something that matched that objective.

From the moment something didn’t look realistic or we made a mistake, we judged ourselves and start this terrible, “I am not creative” mindset.

Once this type of mindset kicks in, it’s awful. It’s a possibility thief. It’s an internal put down for the rest of our lives.

If art lessons had been more focused on “making and creating” rather than “not making mistakes”, there may not be so much panic about the future of work where we need to be creative (where will we find these people?) or the need to ‘fail fast/be agile/share wild ideas’ because we would already be super comfortable with this.

Fortunately, there is a movement away from this type of teaching and children are now being taught ‘process art’. Where they get to immerse themselves in the process of creation and not about the end result.

For those that were taught at school that they didn’t meet the creative criteria, there is help at hand.

Great News

The great news is that creative drive we were ALL born with is there – ready to rumble if we are open to it.

Ignore the crappy voice that says it isn’t so.

Creativity and allowing yourself to lean into it is not only great for your life but it is great for your business too!

Here’s to a more creative world.  

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If you want to know more about my work, or you need to inspire your team to kick start their thinking, drop me an email. I would love to hear from you.

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Simon Banks

Simon Banks

About the Author

Simon Banks is an Author. International Keynote speaker and Podcaster on creativity and innovation and recovering Artist. He’s delivered over 1400+ events across the globe and is known for running innovation workshops, conferences and design sprints to brew fresh thinking and solve wicked problems. His book A Thousand Little Lightbulbs: How to kickstart a culture of Innovation in your Organisation is out now.

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