As I mentioned in my last post, after much dithering, I finally launched a podcast on April 30! In the first episode I talk about finding your creativity.
Finding Your Creativity – Go Listen!
Finding your creativity takes time, patience and a lot of focus. I say this because many of us have not yet scratched the surface of our creative potential. If you want to be creative, start today.
Listen to Episode # 1 of the podcast.
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.”Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Can You Learn To Be Creative?
Andrew Ng the creator of Google Brain and co-founder of Coursera recently said: “I’ve seen people learn to be more creative.” When asked to expand on this, he said:
The question is, how does one create new ideas? Is it those unpredictable lone acts of genius, people like Steve Jobs, who are special in some way? Or is it something that can be taught and that one can be systematic about?
I believe that the ability to innovate and to be creative are teachable processes. There are ways by which people can systematically innovate or systematically become creative.
In my own life, I found that whenever I wasn’t sure what to do next, I would go and learn a lot, read a lot, talk to experts. I don’t know how the human brain works but it’s almost magical: when you read enough or talk to enough experts, when you have enough inputs, new ideas start appearing.
Creativity is a process of having original ideas that have value. A big part of being creative is looking for new ways of doing things within whatever activity you’re involved in. A creative process may begin with a flash of a new idea or with a hunch. It may just start as noodling around with a problem, getting some fresh ideas along the way. It’s a process, not a single event, and genuine creative processes involve critical thinking as well as imaginative insights and fresh ideas.
You can get a transcript of this episode of the podcast here.
In the next episode we will continue to discuss Finding Your Creativity.