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Why Every Person Should Develop Creative Thinking Skills

By: Brian Kim - April 9, 2007

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Whether you personally believe it or not, we are all creative by nature. Every last one of us. Think back to when you were a child and there will lay all the proof you need to realize this simple fact.

The problem is that creative thinking is something that’s not emphasized or developed enough in secondary education. It’s encouraged in primary school, but slowly discouraged later on as you are taught to follow instruction instead.

The irony here is that creative thinking is one of the most important skills that you will ever develop in your life and it’s one of the only things that humans will ever have a monopoly on. No animal or supercomputer can compare to the human capability of creative thinking.

Creative thinking is a critical life skill and it’s the byproducts of creative thinking that make it such an important skill worth developing.

Creative thinking helps in ALL areas of your life.

To illustrate, let’s look at one component of your life, namely work as it takes up a majority of your time to show this simple fact.

One of the Most Important Cross Marketable Skills

Creativity will ALWAYS be in demand, regardless of what industry you’re working in. It’s cross marketable and if you’ve developed your creative thinking skills to a point where you can draw upon it at any time, it’s one of those things that will give you the edge that really differentiates yourself from other people.

If you think about it, most jobs out there are “systemized”, meaning that each person is trained to engage in repetitive activity. Businesses want to profit and in order to profit, they have to develop efficient systems where each worker is doing their part well and in order to do their part well, they must be constantly executing roughly the same set of procedures.

Anybody can execute a given set of procedures with training, but it takes creative thinking to generate what that procedure should be in the first place. Because of that, developing creative thinking skills is one of the quickest ways to get to the top of your respective field because instead of following procedure, you initiate and create it.

For example, let’s say you have an office job of doing repetitive things such as data entry, making copies, running errands etc., and as you’re working, you notice some ways on how you can improve and automate procedures to get things done quicker to save the company time and money.

By utilizing your creative thinking, you can present those ideas and more often than not, if approved by management, YOU will be the one initiating and creating a new set of procedures to follow.

So instead of following the repetitive system that was laid before you, you lead thanks to your creative thinking. You implement your ideas and as you do, you start to absorb new knowledge and experiences that will help you further down the road. You start separating yourself from other people and what this does is it starts to open a whole new set of opportunities.

The Door That Opens Opportunity

Creative thinking is the key that opens doors to a whole new realm of opportunities. Look at what the Internet did. The airplane. The automobile. The opportunities that resulted from these creative endeavors are countless. Everywhere you look, you see the end result of man’s creative thinking at work.

Right now, there’s a HUGE explosion of knowledge that’s never been available to the general public before in any point in human history. However, all that knowledge is “potential” energy so to speak, unless someone can wield their creative thinking to “spark” that potential knowledge by sifting through it to find the exact knowledge they need to put two and two together, and execute the ideas that result in order to fully maximize the benefits from utilizing their creative thinking.

When you use creative thinking, you create opportunities all around you.

How can I spend more time with the wife and kids? How can I incorporate a healthy diet and consistent exercise in my life? How can I save and create an additional stream of income?

So as you start researching time management, health and fitness, business and finance, and use your creative thinking to “stitch” together the knowledge you’ve acquired and implement the ideas that result, which creates opportunities that seem to come pouring into your life.

You spend more time with the wife and kids, have a happier home atmosphere, you have more energy thanks to your diet and exercise, you save money and create an additional stream of income that you use to finance a side business you’re working on, you meet people that can help you with your business at the gym and network with them, etc.

The opportunities will come thanks to the fruits of your creative thinking.

Promotes Initiative and Optimism

Creative thinking gets you out of playing a passive role and puts you in more aggressive mode.

What can I do? How can I do it? What will I need to do it?

A strong sense of personal responsibility and initiative gets instilled and that in turn, really makes you feel "alive" because you feel firmly in control of your life.

With that newfound strong sense of initiative, you become less of a pessimist and more of an optimist because even if a problem represents itself, you know you have the creative faculty to figure out what the solution is. As a result, in a world where change is so constant, creative thinking becomes one of the best ways to cope with it.

Why?

Because creativity itself instigates and adapts to change.

Think about it.

So many people want things to be done for them that they forget the simple fact that they can do it themselves.

Train me. Show me how to do this. Show me how to do that.

Creative thinking is one of the most important ways you can develop that initiative of doing it yourself. So take the initiative and see what path creative thinking leads you on.

So what’s the easiest way to develop creative thinking skills?

It’s to take seriously your ideas and implement them.

When you do, you give a subtle signal to yourself that implies your ideas are worth it, and when you implement those ideas and see the opportunities and the beneficial byproducts that ensue, you’ll then know the TRUE power of creativite thinking. Encourage and breathe life into it. Do not stifle it. Let it soar free.

It’s one of the best skills you will ever develop in your lifetime and the great thing about it is you already have it within you.

You just have to develop it. s

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4 Responses to “Why Every Person Should Develop Creative Thinking Skills”

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  3. Mallikarjun Says:

    Creative insticts triggered evolvement and evolution of civilizations. New ages were born out of the previous one. Customs developed sustained mankind and imbibed the survival instinct to keep the human race alive, kicking and regaining and losing the paradise.

    Human hygiene, social living, material wealth, and common puposes evolved out of creative thinking. The ability to grow food, develop shelter, and augument natural resources are a consequence of creative thinking.

    The present age of living a life by eking out a living through material returns makes it all the more necessary for creative thinking.

  4. Brian Kim Says:

    Mallikarjun,

    That’s a very interesting perspective. Thanks for sharing!

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