traits of creative people

These are the 8 Traits of Highly Creative People

Inspiration is difficult to acquire for most of us, but it can be drawn from the unlikeliest sources. Highly creative people always find a way to fuel their process and make something that is absolutely spectacular.

It’s often that they’re underestimated and are not often given their due credit. However, they see the beauty in the world and new opportunities in every situation, and in spite of each individual’s uniqueness, they do share a few traits. Fret not, though, as you can develop them as well.

Traits of Creative People

1. A Messy Environment

Creative people aren’t turned off by a bit of a mess and they still manage to think clearly. For some, they can even draw inspiration out of the so-called “mess.” Creatives better deal with the inevitable chaos that comes after cleaning. Nothing can stay neat, clean, and perfect forever.

They may not conform to the “everything has its place” mentality. The brain power that could have been spent on creative endeavors can be squandered with nit-picking over minutiae.

Forget perfect looking drawers and color-coded everything. The University of Minnesota has conducted research linking messy desks to intelligence. So, don’t worry too much about the clutter. Put it out of your mind and focus more on your craft.

2. Nothing Beats Optimism

Many people who are creative share the common belief that whatever the situation, it’s not all bad. They can see the gift in distress and find meaning in the seemingly mundane. If it weren’t for them, the human race wouldn’t find solutions so expediently to its problems.

Would you say the first person to go to the moon was a bit optimistic that he would have a successful trip? Being creative almost demands optimism. True creative minds will find a way to make ends meet and hold their heads high, even if it’s tough.

3. Resourceful Beyond Belief

If you think about it, resourceful people are the epitome of creativity. People who can find resources in any form-capital, clients, food, and opportunities to learn are intensely imaginative.

You can put a creative person in relatively any difficult situation, and they will immediately use their to find a way to change the situation in their favour. Those are just challenges for them.

A creative person will somehow find the means to meet with their client whether at a coffee shop, hotel lobby or restaurant. Resourcefulness is a state of mind, knowing that there is always a way to make your desires possible.

Highly creative people are smart usually enough to know that it is better to have multiple paths leading to your goal. There is a considerable amount of resourcefulness necessary to create those opportunities or plans that work.

Perhaps the reason why they come up with so many solutions lies in the fact that they use more of their brain.

4. They Find Ways To Stay Creative

There are a few do it yourself tricks you can do to prove your own creativity to yourself. The options are endless.

If you’re an artist:

  • Create on a different medium
  • Work in a different environment
  • Spend time in solitude before creation

If you’re a businessperson:

  • Develop new ways to network
  • Get your team to be creative by thinking in a new way
  • Change up the status quo of working in groups by requiring independent thinking first

In the workplace, working in group settings does help with collaboration. However, think about also working in solitude and how that helps with honing in on your creative skills. See how many ideas you or your team can think of independently and then collaborate with the group once everyone has had solitude. It’s highly likely that the best ideas will come out of nowhere this way and with a lot more confidence.

See how many ideas you or your team can think of independently and then collaborate with the group once everyone has had solitude. It’s highly likely that the best ideas will come out of nowhere this way and with a lot more confidence.

However, don’t force it. Groups can be beneficial but also negative if used too frequently. It can cause people to become combative and defensive of their ideas instead of openly accepting new ones.

5. Highly Attentive And Sensitive

Highly creative people have a keen ability to detect patterns. They have the vision to see things from the perspective of others and connect the dots. Creative people are typically sensitive to their environment and pay close attention to their surroundings despite daydreaming. They have an intense desire to have the deepest experiences.

Creative people are typically sensitive to their environment and pay close attention to their surroundings despite daydreaming. They have an intense desire to have the deepest experiences.

Focusing attention on each experience allows them to collect information that can be used in the future. The sensitivity that comes along with being creative allows you to absorb more of every situation. With more sensory input than the average individual, you can enjoy more of the world.

6. Introspective

Creatives notably take more time to reflect and go into their own world. They can get into a state of “flow” where time doesn’t exist. Some are introverts, but this doesn’t reduce the world they experience in any way. They go deep within their own mind and make a connection with themselves. Solitude is not only pleasurable but necessary.

They go deep within their own mind and make a connection with themselves. Solitude is not only pleasurable but necessary.

Going within one’s own mind can bring peace and clarity of focus like no other. You can create some of your best work with a clear mind. When you focus inwardly, you’re actually using a different network within the brain than when you think about the external world. Highly creative people are not afraid of being alone or of the perception of being viewed as a “loner”.

When you focus inwardly, you’re actually using a different network within the brain than when you think about the external world. Highly creative people are not afraid of being alone or of the perception of being viewed as a “loner”.

7. Passionate

That passion allows them to turn a negative situation into a positive through force of will. Creatives find something to be passionate about, even when it seems like all is lost. The ability to work up strong emotion and direct it as you choose is a skill called passion. They love deeply, especially their work.

The ability to work up strong emotion and direct it as you choose is a skill called passion. They love deeply, especially their work.

That fervent drive offers them the ability to produce excellence. Greatness is not born out of apathy or half-efforts. Creatives have the capacity to refuel their passion whenever needed which is a priceless asset in life. Motivation is required, but they just fulfil this need themselves.

8. Do The Unexpected

They break routines and go down paths simply because no one else has. They create the adventures that no one has been on, as true thrill seekers. While some grow comfortable with a routine, creative people may not feel like they’re truly living unless frequent changes are made. They may work in a different environment from day to day, visit a different grocery store on purpose or do something just because they’ve never done it before.

While some grow comfortable with a routine, creative people may not feel like they’re truly living unless frequent changes are made. They may work in a different environment from day to day, visit a different grocery store on purpose or do something just because they’ve never done it before.

They may work in a different environment from day to day, visit a different grocery store on purpose or do something just because they’ve never done it before.

The one thing that creatives are not is boring. They’re adventurous, passionate, and always looking for a refreshing experience. They’re not afraid of change. In fact, they welcome it. Complex and even dangerous situations can turn into an incredible experience with the help of highly creative people. They are always necessary to maintain the realisation that anything really is possible and there’s always a reason to keep smiling.

They’re not afraid of change. In fact, they welcome it. Complex and even dangerous situations can turn into an incredible experience with the help of highly creative people. They are always necessary to maintain the realisation that anything really is possible and there’s always a reason to keep smiling.

They are always necessary to maintain the realisation that anything really is possible and there’s always a reason to keep smiling.

Kathy Hardess

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