“I’m not the creative type”
“I’m just not a creative thinker”
Statements like that are not based on reality. Saying that is like saying you don’t like broccoli before you try it. Or dragon fruit, for that matter: It’s weird-looking, it doesn’t resemble any other fruits you’ve tried before, and it seems to have been designed by a child.
So it must not be for you.
Turns out dragon fruit is pretty delicious. It’s a mix between kiwi and happiness. But creativity, unlike that happy-looking fruit, is something we have all tasted. It’s something we were born with.
Yes. We were born creative. That’s the main argument in Sr. Ken Robinson’s TED talk (the most popular TED talk ever – so it must be true, right? :)) and I hope this idea is more widely accepted 10 years later.
The sad part of the argument is that it implies our creativity is taken away from us as we grow up. We start to learn and to comply, and we started building a box around us. Now, learning from earlier generations and from each other is the crux of human evolution, but sometimes unexpected side effects happen. Here’s an example: read more