As I’ve studied Creativity over the past ten years, I’ve learned many things that surprised me. Each day for a week, I’m debunking one “Creativity myth” that I believed before I started studying in earnest. Yesterday I wrote about Creativity Myth No. 1: Anyone Can Be Creative.
Spontaneous inspiration is certainly part of the Creative process, but it is not the process. Often crucial to making connections and moving forward on a project grand inspirations are the shining moments of Creativity. Ordinary people experience spontaneous inspiration, but not everyone is Creative.
Louis Pasteur said:
Chance favors the prepared mind.
You cannot be Creative without an end product. Einstein had an equation. Anne Leibovitz has a million photographs. Creativity by definition embraces execution, work and lots of time. One moment, no matter how enlightening does not Creativity make. Thomas Edision said:
I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident. They came by work. Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.
While the tendency to generate ideas is rather natural [for creative people], the path to making them happen is tumultuous.
Noble laureates publish twice as much as other highly respected scientists within their field. Creativity scholar, Keith Sawyer says,
Among acknowledged geniuses, it’s hard to find one who was not highly productive.
Still, the inspiration must be embraced. It is the fuel for the perspiration ahead.