In the bathroom, bed or bus, not infrequently these are the places where it is claimed that creative people get the ideas that would later make them world famous. As the following and many other examples show, creative ideas often come just when the person seems to think about something else or nothing at all.
The emergence of great ideas
- Archimedes, for example, rushed out of the bath on the streets of Syracuse and shouted, "Eureka!" He had solved the problem that had bothered him for days: how to measure the volume of an irregularly shaped body, such as a gold crown.
- Friedrich von Kekule, slumbering by the fire, had a dream that suggested that the structure of the benzene molecule, which seemed so elusive, might be circular. The result was the birth of a new branch of science, the chemistry of aromatic compounds.
- When Henri Poincare boarded a bus for a geological excursion, all of a sudden he had an intuition about an elementary mathematical quality of certain functions he had recently discovered and which had not left his head for days.
Creativity is everywhere
Is creativity a skill that distinguishes only the great poets and thinkers to the greats of advertising and fashion? No, creativity is everywhere. Some of them may spontaneously hum their own upper part of the hymn or improvise jazz on the living room piano. Others show how creative, that is creative, is when they can quickly cut the ball costume together or repair a broken car without much prior knowledge.
Certainly, whether this idea or that person is creative, one can argue about it. But what does it mean to be creative? Creativity, following one of the myriad of definitions, is the ability to produce more, more original, more economical ideas, points of view, solutions, and views than the average in less time than others. Such skills, if science is believed, lie dormant in every human being. So it's about awakening, unfolding and strengthening those skills.
Creativity needs freedom
The worst enemy of creativity is the routine, be it the mental monotony or the excessive burden of everyday life. Creativity needs freedom and, apart from quite spontaneous ideas, the opportunity to think things through in peace and quiet.
As a career, creative people often retire for hours or days until they have a good idea or a creative thought. For normal people an almost impossible approach, because who has the time, days in his "little room" ideas to grow in and mature. And yet, there are people who suddenly have an idea that they can not let go of until they have implemented it.
Creativity versus actionism
Having good ideas is just one side of creativity, consistently implementing one another. Those who shy away from good ideas and their implementation confuse creativity with "actionism". For creativity is the ability to analyze problems, break them down into sub-problems and thus into solution steps, and then tackle them step by step.