What is creativity? It’s one of those deceptively simple questions.
One of the best ways to use Twitter is to ask questions. Keeping with the cocktail party analogy, which would you prefer… someone who wants to learn things about you, or someone who babbles on endlessly about themselves?
So, last week I asked people who follow me on Twitter a seemingly simple question: How do you define creativity? I picked out several of the responses and reprinted them below.
All italicized emphasis is mine.
Todd Mintz: Creativity is being able take a unique perception and develop it so others can understand.
Kristen Havens: Creativity = problem-solving with a unique point of view.
Lee Odden: To me, creativity is the ability to see and express unique perspectives
Rudy Amid: Creativity to me means getting the job done with minimal effort and the least amount of time.
Deb Ng: It’s a form of expression. For me it’s being able to use my words as a way to give others ideas and inspiration.
Gamermk: Creativity = the ability to create physical or intellectual property of value.
Anjali Ramachandran: Creativity is optimum unbiased solutions to complicated issues unleashed through any medium – digital, written, spoken.
Steve Woodruff: Creativity: Envisioning what isn’t, and figuring out how to bring it to pass.
Doug Hudiburg: For me, creativity is manifesting ideas into reality i.e. it’s more about execution that inspiration.
Create is a verb. Creative thinking without execution is not creativity. And in keeping with some of the comments above, I personally feel that true creativity results in something useful to others.
What do you think?
I plan to do more of this stuff in the future, so check me out on Twitter. Also, look for the kick-off of Roberta Rosenberg’s creative plan makeover series this week, only on Copyblogger.
About the Author: Brian Clark is the founding editor of Copyblogger, and co-founder of Teaching Sells.