The enemy of creativity… is fear.
We’re all born creative, it takes a little while to become afraid.
A surprising insight: an enemy of fear is creativity. Acting in a creative way generates action, and action persuades the fear to lighten up. – Seth Godin
Clearly it’s a trending topic. As Seth says, “Acting in a creative way generates action, and action persuades the fear to lighten up.”
Which leads me to ask you:
to generate action (productivity, new products, innovative ideas…)?
I’m driven by my creativity and imagination. I’m still a kid in that way. They too are driven by their creativity and imagination – and their desire to play and to create. I’m always thinking, imagining, envisioning something “different” than what is. My mind never rests. And kids are the same way don’t you think? All you need to do is to play with a child and go where he or she leads you. Before you know it, time has passed as you become lost in their imagination. How awesome is that?
I facilitated my team building scavenger hunt games for many years for local San Francisco businesses. I have always designed my hunts from a kids’ point of view. I wanted to get adults away from technical, logical, in the box, “adult” thinking if you will and to rediscover their imagination, to rediscover the kid in them that should never go away.
Every time I facilitated one of my scavenger hunts for a company event, I would watch people as I gave my introductory speech. I would see the irritation on their faces, watch them dig in and, with their body language, clearly tell me that they were not going to have a good time because my game was going to be a waste of their valuable time.
And then they had to use their collective creativity and imagination to complete a challenge.
The transformation was absolute. The kid in all of them surfaced. They smiled, they relaxed, they laughed, they talked, they had fun and they were inspired. Whatever was going on in their office or in their life took a back seat. Sometimes they absolutely blew me away with their creative solution to the scavenger hunt challenge. They imagined something I never even thought of. Me, the creative one!
I never got tired of watching that transformation, which always came without fail.
So my next question is, what can we learn from our kids with regard to more fully using our creativity and imagination? To appreciate the power of fun? To take action and tell fear to lighten up?
Plan a team activity that will be so memorable and fun that it’ll spark the creative genius, team spirit, and sense of camaraderie and cooperation in your employees or coworkers.
I read an article in the newspaper this weekend entitled, Go ahead — be weird at work. Weirdness is gaining traction as more workers realize conformity will only hold them back. The article was about Seth Godin’s book, We Are All Weird.
I loved the concept but I’d like to add to it: “We Are All Weird, Imaginative and Creative, Dammit!”