Building Creativity

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How do I build creativity?

  • Discipline
  • Adapting and Defying Odds
  • Surrounding Yourself with Talented and Skilled People
  • Problem Solving
  • Taking Risks
  • Failing
  • Persistence

Taking an idea and bringing it to fruition may sound like an easy process, but it’s very time consuming. The thought process that goes into it, the persistence, being adaptable and defying odds goes into the planning, the action and the invention.

Writing is not easy. Anyone that tells you that it is, is not a writer, or a creator. Whether you’re a writer, scientist, artist, mathematician, musician, engineer, athlete or designer, creativity takes time.

Self-control, insight and instincts are part of the developmental process to achieving a higher goal by challenging knowledge, twisting it, and inventing what feels right.

Think of Tina Fey, Oprah Winfrey, John Lasseter, Gertrude Stein, Steve Jobs, Einstein, Thomas Edison, Georgia O’Keefe, Lucille Ball and so many others.

All of them had curiosity, vision and talent, and they surrounded themselves with other talented people.

They used what they knew, built upon it, pushing themselves and those around them forward.

It’s empowering to have other talented people to work with, to bounce ideas off of, to discuss those ideas, give input and gain insight. That’s part of the creative process: having the skilled and talented people you need.

Lessons learned usually come from failure, and the willingness to fail comes from taking risks.

Take the risk, be vulnerable and fail.


Failure actually helps to build creativity. Learning to do it wrong, helps to learn how to do it right.

Have I failed?


Have you?


2 thoughts on “Building Creativity

  1. Your words cut right to the chase, Christine. For too long the notion of becoming a famous or just successful author, artist, musician, etc. has been romanticized to the point where people think success drops out of the skies like manna from heaven. Yes, there have been prodigal children, or those who were just plain lucky. But I’ll bet if you really dug into the early days of even those, you would find all of the elements you list in your blog, particularly discipline, taking risks, failure, and persistence.

    Persistence is key, even in the face of repeated failure. Remember, the mighty oak was once a nut that held its ground – Author Unknown.

    1. Hi Frances!

      Thank you for reading and yes, you are correct about those in the early years of their life; it wasn’t an easy ride. They took risks and were disciplined in their craft. They didn’t give up. I think passion is huge in their drive, and for those who are creative; you can’t help yourself. It’s constant, like something is gnawing at you to do, and get done. The feeling is always there and failure is so huge for success. I think many people overlook that and place too much emphasis on the failing part; it’s taking away the gold nugget in failure that makes success so deliciously fulfilling!



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