Have you been suffering from a lack of creative juices? Are you looking for a solution to a problem, but can’t seem to think of any ideas? Jim Randel’s The Skinny on Creativity: Thinking Outside the Box might be just the book you need to help you get out of your morass.
How to think creatively
In The Skinny on Creativity, Jim Randel discusses different ways to get our creative juices flowing, and the many benefits that we can get from doing so. In order to start expanding our creativity, we need to first think outside of the constraints that have been set by others (otherwise known as “thinking outside the box”). Over time, we can get set in our habits and our patterns of thinking, so it is important to embrace change and diversity. Travel can expose our minds to new experiences and novel ideas, and so can participating in a diverse group with a broad range of worldviews.
There are many different ways that creativity-building can be approached. Sometimes, one needs to cut out all of the noise and embrace solitude; other times, one needs to stop working, let go and let their subconscious ponder the matter at hand for a few hours. To avoid nipping one’s creativity in the bud, avoid showing projects to others too early; don’t let early negative feedback kill your creative mojo.
Mistakes are learning experiences
Creative thinking isn’t just about coming up with new ideas and facing new experiences, but it’s also about having the proper mindset, with the willingness to embrace change and make mistakes along the way. The risk in taking the path of certainty is that although there is no risk of failure, there is also no chance of success or growth. One shouldn’t be fearful of making mistakes and look upon previous mistakes with regret, because mistakes are how we learn and how we improve. To do that, we need to get out there and try.
I really enjoyed this book, since it showed me that creativity isn’t just something that people are born with or that strikes people at random; it is a skill that can be embraced and developed. At the same time, this isn’t some new-age book that claims that all you need to do is send a “wish” out and creativity will come; it is not that easy, and embracing creativity also means being willing to challenge one’s assumptions and beliefs, as well as deal with the rejection and disbelief of others.
This book was my favorite out of the “Skinny on” series so far, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun book to read on creative thinking.
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So, reader, what do you think about challenging your thoughts and beliefs, and sparking creative thought?