Monday, March 18, 2019

Stay Curious - Unlock Your Creative Ingenuity Key # 10

“Much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.” ~ Steve Jobs


When visiting with other 'creative' people, one common trait always shines through - CURIOSITY.

Curiosity has also been a major factor of my personality and creative journey. So how does one determine if they have the type of curiosity that leads to imaginativeness? Let me share with you some of the things I've discovered.

Curious Creatives - have a million questions. In fact, they drive others nuts with all the questions they can ask about any topic, anywhere, at anytime. They can't help it - so be supportive and just bear with them.

Curious Creatives - fluctuate between constant communication (talk, talk, talk) and periods of hermit like behavior. In there hermit phase, it's not that they don't want to have anything to do with you anymore, it's just a way to process all the information their curious nature has accumulated.

Curious Creatives - have a perpetually energized mind. Their curiosity and design intuition never takes a break. (That is probably why they nap a lot).

Curious Creatives - love the quirkiness that makes them a little weird and different, not because they're arrogant or self-centered, but because they know that somehow this oddity is their path to originality. They treasure and guard it even if it makes others misunderstand them.

Curious Creatives - live in a dual reality. One is the 'genius stage' which is marked by frenzied activity. The other is the 'slug stage' that is marked by zero inspiration. Thank goodness for the 'slug stage'. Without it a Curious Creative would experience burnout quickly and never create again.

Curious Creatives - are often perceived as procrastinators, an irritating factor to those who live and work with them. I'm not sure why this is so, but I know it's true in my case. Maybe it's because I do some of my best work when under the pressure of a deadline; but I'd rather blame it on my lazy creative muse.

Curious Creatives - are often labeled as people who can't focus or have a one-track mind. But the real truth is that when they're in the creative sphere, they're simply immersed, buried, or spellbound.

And here is a small tip to keep you on the good side of any Curious Creatives you might know. Don't rudely or abruptly drag them out of the immersed state unless you have an emergency. Why? Because while in the creative sphere, multi-tasking is simply impossible. If you interrupt them, you've destroyed their world of imagination and design. And believe me, it takes a lot of effort for a Curious Creative to rebuild that world.

So, are you a Curious Creative? Do You know a Curious Creative? Drop a comment. I'd love to hear from you.

Create With the Heart, Build with the Mind

2 comments:

  1. I know I am, but live in the slug stage too much of the time....more like a sloth stage. LOL! I have to admit that one of the best compliments that I have ever received is when I was hired for a job and my new co-workers asked the manager what I was like and she replied "A little unique". Thanks for sharing a great article!

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  2. Bobbie, you're so welcome! I love your positive take on this subject. Unique is a beautiful word and it should be taken as a compliment. And even us sluggish sloths can still rise to the occasion when we stay curious.

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