In terms of defining creativity, psychologists and creativity experts will add that for an idea or product to be creative, it also must be useful and put into action. If you have an imagination with more ideas than the colors and patterns in a kaleidoscope and don’t act on them, are you creative? This certainly demonstrates that you have the ability to drum up new things in your mind, but if they stay hidden in your personal chambers, the creative process stops there.
But what if your weakness is generating ideas, while your strength is taking other people’s ideas and figuring out how to make them happen? This kind of connection, which happens during collaborative sessions, shows how creativity happens in stages as part of a process rather than as an idea you simply come up with and put into place. This means we have to go beyond the standard definition of creativity. Another way to think of creativity, according to psychotherapist and creativity coach Eric Maisel, is not necessarily as a special talent or ability, but rather as “the fruit of a person’s decision to matter.”
This opens up creativity even more to encompass not only talented artists, but also the work done in the business world and beyond. So while you’ll read about examples from the arts world in this book, as many hobbies and professional careers revolve around this field, the chapters will not be limited to the arts or any singular aspect of creativity.
This certainly demonstrates that you have the ability to drum up new things in your mind, but if they stay hidden in your personal chambers, the creative process stops there.