Have you ever thought how it feels like to be creative? Creativity in the professional context is the generation of new ideas as they relate to a specific situation, challenge, or goal. If there’s a skill that someone should build up everyday, it is creativity. Even if you’re not a designer, you have to build your creativity because it is a skill that you can apply to anything you do in life—even in your career.

Look at how successful people built their names and brands by developing their creative ideas. A good example of creativity is how Steve Jobs lead the success of Apple.

Improve Your Creativity

So how can you build your creativity? According to New York Times Bestselling Author Martin Yate in his bestselling book Knock ’em Dead The Ultimate Job Search Guide, here are the rules that one should follow in order to build creativity:

  1. Whatever you do in life, engage in it fully
    Commit to developing competence in everything you do, because the wider your frame of reference for the world around you, the higher octane fuel you have to propel your ideas to acceptance and reality.
  2. Learn something new everyday
    Treat the pursuit of knowledge as a way of life. Absorb as much as you can about everything. Information exercises your brain and fills your mind with the ever-widening frame of reference that allows you to make creative connections where others won’t see them.
  3. Catch ideas as they occur
    Note them in your smartphone or on a scrap of paper. Anything will do, so long as you capture the idea.
  4. Welcome restrictions in your world
    They encourage creativity: Ask any successful writer, artist, musician, or business leader. Restrictions in time, money, or resources are all negative in initial impact, but they become the realities under which you must operate. Consequently, the professional defines those restrictions very carefully and then proceeds with the work under these new guidelines. From a production point of view (and creativity is all about giving abstract ideas some concrete form), restrictions make you think harder about the essentials and building blocks of your task. When you can take complex ideas and reduce them to their elemental parts, you have a real understanding of that task. Similarly, restrictions increase the need for simplicity in design, function, and expression, and simplicity leads to elegance no matter the project at hand. Restrictions are part of life; you can whine or suck it up and get on with the job.
  5. Don’t spend your life glued to Facebook or TV
    You need to live life, not watch it go by out of the corner of your eye. If you do watch television, try to learn something or motivate yourself with science, history, or biography programming. If you surf the Internet, do it with purpose.

Creative approaches to challenges can take time, but the longer you work on developing the supporting skills that bring creativity to life, the more often they will come fully formed and in a flash.

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