10 Paradox About Crative People

1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they are also often quiet and at rest.
– Great deal of physical energy but also often quiet and at rest means that even though creative people have an overflowing energy inside of them, they can be calm. They are in control of what to do and what not to do.

2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.
– Smart yet naive at the same time. Most creative people think uniquely and tend to solve something with an unordinary way. There are a lot of creative people who got negative response when they are telling about their ideas. People tend to make fun of them because creative ideas are usually something that are new and unimaginable without prove.

3. Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.
– Playfulness and discipline. This sentence reminds me of a tag line from one of huge Japan’s game makers company which is NATSUME. The tag line is “Serious Fun”. In my opinion, fun or playfulness and discipline are a perfect match. Example of discipline without playfulness. If with take a look in the military base camp, discipline is number one. There are no smiles or laughter when they practice the line formation. They look like a robot that takes order without questioning it. This is surely killing their creativity sooner or later. That is why in discipline, it must be combined with playfulness.
– Responsibility and irresponsibility. Being creative means that we have to think out of the box. When we are thinking out of the box, sometimes we have to bend or even break the rules. Breaking the rule is considered to be an irresponsibility act.

4. Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and rooted sense of reality.
– Imagination and fantasy and rooted sense of reality. Being creative requires imagination and dreaming. With the power of imagination, we can create things that we can not create in reality. However, being imaginative does not mean that we are 100% creative. In order to be the ultimate creative person, we must think of how to make our imagination real. That is why creative people have to be both imaginative and a high sense of reality.

5. Creative people trend to both extroverted and introverted.
– Extroverted and introverted. Creative people must be able to communicate with others. By communicating, being extroverted, they could define problems and some clues to solve the problem creatively. When it comes to analyzing time, creative people usually shut their self out of the world in order to concentrate and to find some inspirations. That is why creative people can be both extroverted and introverted.

6. Creative people are humble and proud at the same time.
– Humble and proud at the same time. Creative people often achieve something that is new and useful to others. In my opinion, the word “proud” here means that creative people is happy when their invention can be used by other people. Humble is a reminder that creativity does not stops just yet. It allows creative people to keep on exploring at discover new things. So being humble and proud must be balanced.

7. Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping.
– Escape rigid gender role stereotyping. Creative people does not judge other people.

8. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.
– Rebellious and conservative. Every society has its own tradition. Most of these traditions must be obey and followed. However, being creative has no boundaries. Sometime this tradition must be broke to be creative. But being creative does not necessarily means that we have to break the tradition.

9. Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.
– Passionate and objective. Creative people often can not stand still for a very long time. When they have accomplished something, they usually jump on to the next task and try to solve it. Passionate here means that creative people give their full attention to their work. But when they finished it, they maybe will not doing the same thing again. They tend to try different things. They challenge their self to their limit.

10. Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.
– Suffering and pain yet great deal of enjoyment. When creative people try to find a unique way to solve a problem, they often focused on it and forget about other things. Sometime, they even forget to eat for days. When they are trying to find an inspiration, they look like they are having a very hard time and often looked like a “zombie”. However, thinking is one of the key in being a creative person. Just by doing that makes creative people think that they are a living person.

In my opinion, there is one thing that a creative person must have. Remember when you are little you feel that nothing is impossible? However, as time goes by and you are starting to grow up, later you know that there are many things that are impossible to do. Creative people should be able to think the impossible way like children do. Therefore, creative people can be mature yet immature at the same time.


~ by tuatuakeladi on December 14, 2008.

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