In the search for ways to show how to be a creative thinker, we keyed in on finding a simple but yet effective guide. We found the perfect one, A short comic by Grant Snider titled “Creative Thinking “. The images are not needed, just the words. In this comic there are seven features of creative thinking, these are inspiration, ambition, focus, self-esteem, originality, experience, and persistence. These features do not have to be followed in any particular order, because to be a creative thinker, all of these features will most likely be utilized at the same time.
Inspiration is very important, and it’s vital you have the ability to find inspiration from a wide variety of subjects. Inspiration can be applied from different fields. If one is working on music, inspiration can be found from viewing art. Inspiration does not have to be found from the same field work you are creating in. With this, the Idea will surely be unique. Ambition is a strong desire to achieve or do something, this is very connected to focus as they both require one to stay focused on their goal and have the ability to work extremely hard to reach that goal. With strong ambition, overcoming obstacles in the process of creating something will be fairly easy. Self-Esteem is basically a judgement of oneself. If one has low self-esteem, every idea they think of will be judged as not good enough. It is impossible to be creative with low self-esteem. It is very possible that others will not believe in your idea, so it’s vital that one believes in the ideas they come up with for it to survive. In other to be creative thinker your idea has to be original, this is probably the most obvious feature of being a creative thinker. Experience is key, because failure is just a process in reaching a goal. When one fails, it is a learning experience in which the next time one will be ready to face or even avoid a similar problem. Finally one has to be persistent, persistent in your hard work, ambition, focus. When one comes up with an idea, jot it down and thinks of another one, sooner or later coming up with creative ideas becomes a norm for you. These are very simple features to follow from Grant Snider and explained for our community of users on NaijaPrizes and the Nigerian community.
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