As I write this post, I realize in a new way every minute that I am sitting in the presence of greatness. I turned around to my friend Pam, who is sitting behind me, and asked for a blog topic. Within about a minute, she turned to me and said, “Creativity – but not just blank-page creativity.”
So, here we go.
For quite some time, I have been on a journey of figuring out how my brain works. For people that have known me for quite a while, you will verify that these traits are true. Over the last two years, I have found out:
- I am a process thinker
- I think in linear form
- My brain is organized in such a way that if it were to be visualized, you would see rows of boxes on shelves. Everything is usually black and white.
- I am a finisher – I’ll take your concept and make it reality…but I am terrible at concept generation.
That brings us to the crux of this post. When Pam threw out the idea of writing about Creativity, she quickly quantified it as giving people boundaries within which to be creative – especially when it comes down to assigning projects.
I have found this to be true in my own life. Even from an early age, I have always operated best within boundaries. When I would play with my lego collection, I would sit and stare, not knowing what to do or build. Inspiration would come when my mom would throw out an idea. Once the idea was out there, I had enough boundaries from which to create a masterpiece.
How can you help others around you find their sweet spot for creativity? What boundaries would help make that reality?