3 reasons to begin your creative journey – CreativeCase Edition 1

2014 Creativecase at Afrika Burns Camp Lucky Fish

Creativecase at Afrika Burns Camp Lucky Fish

I have always been creative. My mother saw to it that my life was filled with arts, crafts , music, dance and drama. Every day was an exciting creative delight. So here you may be thinking that creativity is the domain of the young and that most children go through this phase, and to certain extent this is true. But what makes someone pursue this inspirational path? You have to understand that pursuing this path is usually against all odds as the decline in creativity starts about the age when we begin school. “At around about the age of five, we are using about 80% of our creative potential. We invent daily – no matter than our inventions have been invented before, the fact is that we are innovating at a remarkable rate.”- creatingminds Sadly by the time we become teenagers, our creative output has declined exponentially, and it generally stays there for the rest of our lives. We get older and most of us lose that childhood innocence which allows us to “think outside the box”. If you have managed to hang on to your creativity beyond your formative years and your stifling schooling, how do you restart your creative journey? Lets start by exploring 3 reasons to begin your creative journey.

Naturally motivated and talented

As a creative person you can follow your true passions and be naturally motivated rather than need external reward or recognition. As a creative person a simple thought can boost your level of performance and creativity making you able to challenge risky problems and flow power to any project with your talents. Over the years having been involved in so many different endeavours I have become a bit of a “bonne-a- tout-faire” creative and have been fortunate enough to afford value to many business owners, project managers and marketing teams, proving how simple thinking and talented productivity are great creative assets. “Eminent creators choose and become passionately involved in challenging, risky problems that provide a powerful sense of power from the ability to use their talents,” write M.A. Collins and T.M. Amabile in The Handbook of Creativity.

29 Ways to stay creative

29 Ways to stay creative

Work hours that are convenient for you

Individuals with high creative output can decide the time of the day when their mind gets its first kick start and at which point it is firing on all cylinders. Creatives can basically arrange their day and their life around this. My creative high and low points have evolved over the years, but one thing is sure I certainly sleep a lot more than I used to when I was younger. I could have been labelled a certified insomniac. The older I get the more difficult it is to be as inspired.Here TO-FU created a 2 minute video packed with 29 great tips for staying productive and creative. Just watching it again made me feel productive.

 As a creative you automatically seek out new experiences.

A creative person is not afraid to travel solo. I left South Africa for France to complete my degree in fashion design at 18 years of age. Creative people love to expose themselves to new experiences, perceptions and ideas which enhance the creative output and allow you to achieve over and above the norm due to your thrill seeking intellectual curiosity. So creative people do things differently and you know what, this is an advantage.

If you are a highly creative person, what do you do that sets you apart and why would this encourage other creative to begin the creative journey?

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Lisa Leathes

Lisa Leathes

Creative Marketing Media strategist at Creative Imagineering
Integrated Marketing & Media Strategist - Social media engineer and content marketing aficionado #South Africa. Imaginatively engineering simple ideas to build brands. Design-Web-Social Media-SEO.
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