I picked up a new book the other day, called “Creative Confidence” by Tom and David Kelley. It is actually written for the business world. I like that it is written about creativity for people outside the “art world”. Most of my books on creativity are written for the artist, author, or musician, but thinking creatively, is not just for artisans. This book is found in the business section at your local bookstore (do people even go to book stores anymore?). I look forward to learning from a different perspective. I will of course, talk about the book on my “Book Club” section of my website in the distant future, but in the meantime I want to encourage you toward creative confidence. Remember that you don’t have to be an artist to think creatively. Be confident in your ideas.
Think about some of the more popular websites that you are familiar with. One of the most well known would probably be Facebook. Who doesn’t know what Facebook is? What if I said Facebook 20 years ago? It definitely took a creative thinker to come up with Facebook.
So do you think creativity is only for artisans of the world?
Do you feel like creativity is great for some people, but you are not one of them?
Maybe a better way to describe it should be, thinking outside the box or Innovation. Remember, you don’t have to work with your hands to be creative.
When I started thinking about my website and what I wanted to blog about, I immediately thought of talking about creativity and encouraging others to be creative. I am still exploring how that looks and what I want to talk about, but hopefully, if anyone actually reads what I write, they will find some encouragement to step out and try something new.
As I mentioned the other day, the first step to encouraging you is to remind you to work. If you just sit around thinking about it, or pinning ideas on Pinterest, you are not actually DOING it. I know this is true because when I get stuck, I spend a lot of time on the computer or pinning ideas. I challenge you today to work on something for 30 minutes. That isn’t much. Set a timer if you need to. Staring at the computer screen, pinning ideas, etc. does NOT count!
Please come back and tell me what you were working on. Did you work past the 30 minute mark or stop as soon as the timer went off?
I am going to do the same thing. I will report back to you. Maybe I will even start a new project. I might even start a summer project that is totally intimidating to me and share that process with you (that would be very brave of me and I am not sure I am that brave).