Unleashing Your Creative Potential


King Hiero decided to place a golden crown in the temple as a gesture of thanks – offering to Gods after he won the throne of Syracuse. He made a contact at a fixed price and weighed out the gold for the contractor at the royal scale.

The contractor worked on the given gold and delivered a beautiful crown equal to the weight of the gold given to him. Later, a charge was made that the contractor had removed the gold and added silver instead, to keep the weight equal. The king became furious and asked Archimedes to find out the facts.

While he was working on the problem in his mind he happened to go into a bath and noticed that when he got into the bathtub, exactly the same amount of water flowed over the side as the volume of his body that was under water.

This (accidental) observation gave him a clue to the solution. He jumped out of the tub and in a rush of joy, he ran naked, shouting loudly ‘Eureka … Eureka …’ (i.e., I have found it ……, I have found it …….).

Archimedes could scientifically prove that the contractor had cheated the king. The silver in the crown, having a larger volume than an equal weight of gold, made the crown displace more water than it would have, had it been made of pure gold.

Archimedes seemed to have found the novel and unique solution magically (all of a sudden), but the truth is that even in the bathtub, he was working on the problem (unconsciously) without being aware of it. In this example, the process of Creativity (Creative thinking) is clearly seen. It refers to a mental process that leads to solutions, ideas, artistic forms, theories, or products that are novel and unique.

Creative thinking involves the manipulation of images and other symbolic elements; the elements are rearranged (bypassed) to achieve some goal in such a way that the pattern of symbols is totally new.

It may be surprising how many great principles and ideas were achieved in buses, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Obviously, these are the places where the individual is relaxed and under little pressure.

Usually, even though it seems that a creative solution to a problem has emerged all of a sudden, it is not so. The creative process takes (quite often) certain sequential steps: (i) problem recognition (ii) preparation (iii) inculcation (iv) illumination (v) verification and evaluation.

If for instance, the solution to the problem does not stand verification, one goes back (unconsciously) to the beginning (step I) and repeats the process, or else the final solution is accepted.

One may improve creativity by:

  • Providing specific instruction in creative thinking as divergent thinking is in focus of such a process.
  • Fostering openness to new experiences.
  • Providing a consigned and favorable social environment.

You may also improve your creativity by putting your thoughts and mind to proper use. For such achievement, you apply wings to your thoughts but not to wander around and daydream. Practice thinking in divergent manners and unique ways to solve your problems.

creativityDiversion does not necessarily imply perversion or revolt. It only provides a bigger challenge and more stimulation to your brain to work more independently.

Remember, everyone has this potential. What you have to do is to put yourself in situations where you have no common solution to the problem.

Give your mind some exercise – the only way to be Creative is to think Creatively.


Frequently Asked Questions related to creativity:

Q1: What is creativity, and why is it important?

A1: Creativity is the ability to generate novel ideas, solutions, and expressions. It is important because it drives innovation, problem-solving, and personal growth.

Q2: Can creativity be learned, or is it an innate talent?

A2: Creativity can be cultivated and developed. While some individuals may have a natural inclination, anyone can enhance their creative abilities through practice and exploration.

Q3: What are some common myths about creativity?

A3: Myths include the belief that creativity is limited to the arts, that it only strikes when inspired, or that it’s unrelated to logical thinking.

Q4: How can I boost my creativity in daily life and work?

A4: Strategies include brainstorming, mind mapping, seeking inspiration, trying new experiences, and embracing failure as a part of the creative process.

Q5: What is the relationship between creativity and problem-solving?

A5: Creativity plays a crucial role in problem-solving by encouraging innovative approaches and thinking outside the box.

Q6: Are there exercises or techniques to enhance creative thinking?

A6: Yes, exercises such as free writing, drawing, and divergent thinking activities can stimulate creative thinking.

Q7: What is the impact of creativity on personal development and well-being?

A7: Creativity can boost self-esteem, provide a sense of accomplishment, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being.

Q8: How can creativity be applied in professional settings and the workplace?

A8: Creativity is valuable in the workplace for generating innovative solutions, improving teamwork, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

Q9: What are some famous creative individuals and their contributions?

A9: Innovators like Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, and Steve Jobs are examples of creative minds who made significant contributions in their respective fields.

Q10: Can creativity be enhanced through collaboration and group activities?

A10: Collaboration and group activities often promote the exchange of diverse ideas and stimulate creativity.

Q11: How can educators encourage creativity in students?

A11: Educators can foster creativity by allowing open-ended projects, encouraging questions, and creating an environment that values experimentation and original thinking.

Q12: Is there a connection between creativity and emotional intelligence?

A12: Emotional intelligence can influence creativity as it helps individuals understand and manage their emotions, which can impact the creative process.

Q13: Can creativity be applied to fields beyond the arts, such as science and technology?

A13: Absolutely, creativity is essential in all fields, from scientific discoveries and technological innovations to business and engineering.

Q14: What role does failure play in the creative process?

A14: Failure is a natural part of the creative journey. It provides valuable lessons and can lead to unexpected breakthroughs.

Q15: How can I overcome creative blocks or periods of low inspiration?

A15: Strategies include taking breaks, exploring different creative outlets, and seeking inspiration from diverse sources.

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