16 Habits of Highly Creative People

I saw this posting come through Creativity Champions, a group of creatives on LinkedIn that I belong to and wanted to share it:  Shalu Wasu’s, 16 Habits of Highly Creative People.  For me, habits 4, 5,  10, 11, and 16 are especially very true in my own life and work:

4. Creative people embrace challenges.

Creative people thrive on challenges. They have a gleam in their eyes as soon as they sniff one. Challenges bring the best out of them – reason enough to welcome them.


5. Creative people are full of enthusiasm.

Creative people are enthusiastic about their goals. This enthusiasm works as fuel for their journey, propelling them to their goals.


10. Creative people go for the big kill. Creative people realize that the first idea is just the starting point. It is in the process of fleshing it out that some magical cross-connections happen and the original ‘normal’ idea turns into a killer idea.


11. Creative people are prepared to stick it out. Creative people who actually see their ideas come to fruition have the ability to stick with their ideas and see them through – even when the going gets tough. This is what sets them apart from others. Stick-ability is the key.


16. Creative people are not afraid of failures.

Creative people realize that the energy that creates great ideas also creates errors. They know that failure is not really the opposite of success. In fact, both failure and success are on the same side of the spectrum because both are the result of an attempt made. Creative people look at failure as a stopover on way to success, just a step away from it.


When looking over the list, I was drawn to how I have used my creativity in times of challenge or unexpected change.  Along with my own art-making and creative process, I also think these habits and others contribute to my attitude, strong will, and passion to face the unknown or dream up new opportunities. I also recognized what habits on the list I need to work on: reframing, valuing my ideas more, and less inner critic judgment that sometimes threatens my ideas from perhaps reaching their full potential. What habits do you have on the list or would like to cultivate more in yourself?


Agents of Change

Predicting the Forecast / 2004
Predicting the Forecast / 2004

I’ve always been entrigued by concepts described by Malcolm Gladwell in his book The Tipping Point.  Starting this blog inspired me to re-think about his writings and its impact on how I view information sharing and networking.

Gladwell identifies three types of people that can have significant influence on the development and birth of ideas which then can foster unstoppable change and transformation:

  • Mavens are intense collectors of knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions, who then use this to better see or identify progressive ideas and opportunities long before others.  Mavens strengthen their  abilities through collaborating with connectors.
  • Connectors  have a large and diverse network of contacts who can introduce and spread the information a maven has gathered into many different types of groups, where it can grow in awareness and trigger widespread change and influence through achieving a critical mass  (i.e. tipping point).
  • Salespeople are key negotiators and have the ability to gently, but powerfully influence and change people’s perceptions and attitudes around ideas.

This unique concept of distributing and exchanging ideas among individuals, groups,  and the change it can have on a larger scale is just one amazing way I view creativity in motion in our daily lives and relationships we have with one another.  

In my own life, I know that collaborating with others pushes and empowers me to develop new ideas, further my work through learning new knowledge and skills, as well as take risks to do something I never I thought I could do.   As an individual who values the importance of these concepts, I wonder what kind of role and responsibility we might have as agents of change?  How can we best contribute, listen, and pay attention to the bigger scheme of things?

Welcome to Creativity in Motion

Changes / Gretchen Miller, 2002
Welcome to Creativity in Motion: Reflections on Creativity, Connection, & Collaboration.  What you will be able to discover here are my thoughts, writing, and art on how creativity, connection, and collaboration foster inspiration, energy, and empowerment in my relationships, life, work, and play.  I find great value in these concepts and hope that through sharing my experiences, exchanging ideas and interests in this topic, that myself and visitors to this blog will continue to learn and grow as innovators, connectors, and collaborators. 

About the collage: Even in moments of despair and the unknown, there are opportunities for change and discovering new paths through creative thinking, taking risks, and mobilizing action.