Albert Einstein. Now he was a smart guy. Einstein’s theories and discoveries changed the way we think about space and time. They not only laid the foundation for what we know of quantum physics, but also provided the theoretical groundwork for television, lasers and semiconductors. And his special theory of relativity was, well, the bomb-diggity… the doorway for atomic energy.
He, the famed mathematician and scientist, once said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
Okay, my creativity may only be putting my own awkward spin on something I saw on Pinterest. But we don’t have to be an Einstein to see the value in creativity.
Let your mind wander to famous composers, artists, musicians, businessmen, social media developers, athletes, architects, authors, hairstylists, landscapers, entertainers, astronauts, florists, interior designers, educators, medical personnel, computer developers (does the name Steve Jobs ring a bell?)…
Dictionary.com defines creativity as, “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods and interpretations.” Before anything new is created, it starts with an idea, and ideas are fun!
In fact, I’ll bet you have a creative idea swirling in your head right now. Or perhaps you’ve roughed out your idea on a napkin over coffee with a friend. Or maybe you’ve typed up a document and have begun to fill in the details.
You are an intelligent and creative person and your ideas are valid. So what are your next steps? Here are a few thoughts to get you started:
- Share your ideas with a few friends. Don’t be afraid to do this, and here’s why: does your town have more than one Mexican restaurant? You can start another one if you put your own spin on it. No one else has ever had your idea because no one will do it like you. And your friends may help you think of things you’ve missed.
- Talk to others already operating in that realm. Learn from their successes and their failures.
- Read, read, read everything you can on the topic. Hit the library and load up on books. Google to your heart’s content.
- Test out your ideas with friends and family and ask for their honest feedback.
- Depending on what your idea is, create an online survey asking questions that would help you fine tune your offering.
- Become an expert on your idea.
- Create a timeline of what you want to accomplish and when.
Ideas floating around in the universe of your head are of no value to anyone else. The world needs you to come alive. If you truly want to live an elevated life, making the world a better place, you’ve got to do this thing. Really. Get started on it. Today, even.
Remember what our friend Albert Einstein said:
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Do you have something on your heart and mind to do? What will be your next steps?