CREATIVITY — Engaging the Right Brain

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”    ~ Apple, Inc.
Have you felt like a misfit?  Are you afraid to feel like one? Does this inhibition or need for conformity keep you from discovering and realizing your potential? Does the idea of change or upsetting the apple cart intrigue you or repel you?

The human mind is so complex. So many influences make us who we are. We collect life experiences that reflect in who we are. Do we always understand why we think what we think or why we act as we act?

The latest trend in business and education is to encourage right brain thinking and development.  Daniel Pink enlightened us in his book A Whole New Mind (2006). His premise is that right brain use will become dominant and needed for success in business in the future (sorry, just shorthand, the book is more in-depth than that). When I was in school, logic and memorizing stuff was it. As I have written before, if you were good at math, you were smart, if not, maybe you were creative or artistic.   I believed at that time that the two were mutually exclusive.

The Information Age ensued and success came to young people who became lawyers, doctors and accountants. Those who were artistic took  “the brave route,” the one with no instant promise of financial reward. (Yes, I actually did have someone once say my path was brave). Do what you do for love or passion, or even perhaps talent. Things are different today. To innovate and create, engage the right brain. Perhaps those that took the “brave route” have the door  already open to creativity.

Truthfully, I use a mixture of right and left brain thinking.I am not essentially a risk taker with respect to extreme sports or activities. As a matter of fact, I am quite cautious.  Intellectually, I think I am a risk-taker deluxe. I do not just have big ideas with no regard to the details to implement them. I see the big picture and immediately rattle off the many small things it might take to carry out that dream. I love details and working them out, and yes, that gets annoying sometimes to others.  I  never think or say,  “I can’t do that.”  I always say, “why not?” or “Maybe we should try…”  I love to solve problems and make things better. Right brain, left brain, or both?

The cultivation of Creativity is the future. The desire to create where there is nothing and then make it real sparks innovation. All the left-brain skills and precision are still needed. Along with those skills is the ability to create something new. Think outside the box.  Be your best self. Cultivate and develop your uniqueness.

I am happy creativity and imagination are taking center stage. Even better is that they are becoming more defined and not some vague idea of dreams that cannot be realized. The general public is still not comfortable with these concepts. Creative people can be overwhelming and intimidating. Sell the ideas with passion, and at the same time, connect and don’t overwhelm, educate. Listen.

Nothing can substitute for a great idea–not details or memorizing stuff. At the same time, nothing can substitute for making it real. Dream what you dream and imagine what you imagine, but figure it out and make it happen. That is creativity. Can creativity be learned? Yes, teach and learn those habits and thought processes as a way of thinking and doing things. Everyone has it in them.

Open the door.

Daniel Pink’s Book info is:  HERE
Categories: 21st Century Education, creativity, critical thinking, Imagination, Innovation, Uncategorized

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