When a historian was recently asked on the NBC Nightly News what would define success in the 21st Century, he responded:
“Success in the 19th Century was defined by who had the biggest farm.
Success in the 20th Century was defined by who had the biggest factory.
Success in the 21st Century will be defined by who has the best ideas.”
Psychology Today published an article back in 2011 titled, “Is Creativity the #1 Skill for the 21st Century?” The conclusion was, “Against a backdrop of uncertainty, economic turmoil and unprecedented change a new picture is emerging of the skills and traits for success (and perhaps even simply survival) in the modern era. At the heart of this essential skill set for the future lies… creativity.”
In my ten minute presentation, “The Creative Process,” I put out the following challenge to help spark creativity:
Commit to Five Steps for One Month
- Engage in a New Experience
- Capture Your Ideas
- Develop Idea(s)
- Get Feedback
- Publish Idea(s)
More Resources on Creativity
For those of you interested in more resources on creativity, the following are recommended:
- The Source of Pixar’s Magic? Straight Talk
- Do You Recognize These 10 Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking?
- 12 Tips to Make Your Company More Creative
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
- The Vein of Gold by Julia Cameron
- Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace
- Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
- A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Here’s to the creativity in each of you!