“I’m Not Creative.”

Let’s put this to rest right away. You may think you’re not creative, but trust me, you’re creative.

Many people assume that “being creative” means the same thing as having the skills or talents that a painter, musician or playwright posses. To me, these two things are very different. If you have the ability to make associations, concoct games, solve a puzzle, or amuse yourself when you’re on line at the Motor Vehicle Bureau, then you’re creative.

Invariably, when I teach my Breakthrough Thinking class, some participants walk in sheepish, feeling that they’re in over their heads. Yet as soon as we begin, many of those same people demonstrate a willingness to ask questions, listen, explore ideas, be spontaneous and keep digging until they can get to the root cause of a problem. Interestingly, others see these people as creative, but they don’t see themselves that way.

As Henry Ford said, “If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.” Creative people think they’re creative. Do you?

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