Myths of Creativity

A Harvard Business School Professor says that creativity cannot be gotten by doing the following things:

  • By expecting that only some people can be creative and not others –  this is a myth not only in the heads of entrepreneurs, but also in the heads of individual employees – again in both cases where you include yourself in the creative group and out of it.
  • Money is a creativity motivator –  her research found that once people become conscious of tying with rewards, their psyches cannot fly free anymore.
  • Time pressure fuels creativity – may be true, but again so long as time pressure is not having a negative effect on the person. It can eat up the psyche. It is necessary to have the head free of things.
  • Fear forces breakthroughs –  Even to me, these things seem unintuitive. Creativity does not come this way.
  • Competition beats collaboration w.r.t creativity – again, stress – bad psyche, bad creativity.

After all, such alleged myths, the author also tells what are necessary pre-conditions for a creative mind:

  • Love the work you do i.e. have intrinsic motivation.
  • Deeply engage in the work without any distractions.
  • It depends on experience, talent, ability to think in different ways, capacity to push through uncreative dry spells.

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