Creativity & Innovation- The two essential characteristics to grow
Creativity and innovation are the two characteristics of a man which force him to excel in his life to fulfill his hunger to achieve the best out from his abilities.
Creativity is the ability to produce new and original ideas and things to work a older work into another radical way. Innovation makes the idea practical and usable. It makes the idea executable.
Creativity is a process which contains four elements -
a) Preparation, b) Incubation, c) Illumination, d) Verification
The first step of the creativity is the preparation of a thought and making this thought
into an idea.
Second step of creativity is incubation. Incubation requires partially turning off the
process of conventional thinking. This involves holding of or keeping in check the
normal tendency to criticize and judge the value of what is taking place in the flow of
thought. A lot of free thinking without any constraints should be encouraged in the
When a person fulfill these two step, there follows the moment of illumination, which often is like a flash of lightening. The sudden insight of people is linked to a mystical experience. People who have experienced illumination have generally expressed as “Ah-ha” effect.
The final stage of creative process is verification. Here the mind returns to the pursuit of more conventional patterns and works out the creative solution in detail, polishes it in a more final form, and chooses some test or method of proof so that the idea becomes creditable and accepted.
Creativity Challenge the impossible and it always win.
It is not unusual to find the birth of a great idea in the minds and words of someone ignorant of the specialized field. Some great example are- The bell was invented by an astronomer - Edmund Halley , The pneumatic tyre was invented by veterinarian - John Dunlop, the safety razor was invented by a sales man - K.C. Gillette .,The vaccum cleaner was invented by a bridge builder - Hubert Booth .
Now the big question is – what are the characteristics of a creative person. He must be optimistic about future, Open to alternatives, Day dreamers, Highly curious and observant, Independent thinkers, Good at turning innovative ideas into practical solutions, Take action and make things happen, Adventurous with multiple interest but there are also some barriers to creativity. They are- Be as practical as you can, Follow all the rules, That is not logical, I am not paid to think, Someone else may already be doing it, To make a mistake is wrong, If I share my ideas someone else may steal.