It’s a gift to be considered creative. “I cannot think like that.” “I cannot draw like that.” “I’ll never be an inventor.”
“You are creative. You are damn creative…” -Michael Scott
Perhaps we’re just trying too hard. We think that being creative means we have to build something from scratch. While that is neat and perhaps earns a few bonus points, it’s not all that it takes to be creative.
Some of the best inventions built on other ideas, concepts, or inventions. Somebody has to get the ball or (ahem) wheel rolling. Improving on those ideas thereafter often lead to even better results. It’s how technology is where it is today. From the enormous cell phones to these little devices in our pockets, somebody built and improved on another’s work.
Now, this isn’t encouragement to invade trademarks, patents, and copyrights. Many people do, however, encourage the use of their work to improve upon it. They believe, and I tend to agree, that if you can take what I’ve done and do even better with it, all the power to you. In fact, I’ll probably use your end result because it’s more effective.
In any event, there’s creativity inside of all of us.
Just think about what you love most or what you do best. It might be writing, teaching, coaching, entertaining, or anything else. It doesn’t only involve putting a paintbrush to a canvas and it doesn’t mean we have to wind up on stage in front of millions singing songs that we wrote. This simply means that we must use our imagination and put it into play a little.
Do what you already do well. See what else is out there. There’s always going to be a person out there who is doing something better than us. Without breaking any rules or laws, we can appreciate what they do and try to mold it to work just a bit better for us. But we haven’t necessarily the need to reinvent the wheel.