Of course, being creative isn’t a trait someone is born with. After all, behavior and values aren’t genetic, they’re all learned. This means anyone, at any point can learn how to be creative. Parents out there can have a head start in getting their kids to learn in such a way that promotes creativity.
Teaching a kid how to be creative might be easier than teaching an adult because there is less damage done to a child by conventional teaching methods.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.
- Creativity isn’t inherited or genetic in any way
- Learning how to be creative means knowing how to solve problems
- Some people are more inclined to be creative than other due to previous experiences
- Creativity can be taught by exposure to new methods of problem solving
How to be Creative
If you want to learn how to be creative, the simplest answer is to learn problem solving. Talk to different people and make it a habit to put the end before the means of any issue. This will break down artificial boundaries and help with expanding mentally. Learning and applying the scientific method to solving any problem will eliminate the ego. Why is that important? Because the ego gets in the way of creativity. Being creative means taking a lot of hits. Being wrong many times and learning to accept that.
In school, we are taught to listen, copy and take notes. We are forced to do the same work as everyone else. This kills creativity. People are graded under the same standards with no regard to their background or method of understanding/prior problem solving. Grades create ego. School is bull shi’t and kills creativity.
If I want to teach a child how to be creative, I’ve got to put him/her in an environment that is consistently pushing for critical thinking. For example, if I work on an architecture project with a child and allow him/her to participate in the decision making (even if it’s very little), it will get that engine running in their head. Giving children (and adults) motivation to figure out problems consistently will breed creativity.
Experiences create associations in the brain that lead to subconscious choices in the future. This means that we really can’t teach others how to be creative. We can only lead them to water and make sure they’re thirsty enough so that they drink when we get there.