All You Need to Know About Being Creative

Forget Consistency, Long Live Consistency: How your creative mind balances contradictory impulses to deliver #StandApart results. Labels are funny. Sometime they put us in boxes we’d rather not find ourselves in (he’s a doer not a thinker), but sometimes, they can be really freeing. For me, “creative” falls into that latter category. I LIKE being creative. This post from Matthew Schuler tells why. Based on 30-years of research by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s and his book, Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People, Schuler lists the nine apparently contradictory traits explaining why creative types often make no sense. Schuler writes: “As someone paid to be creative, I sometimes feel kaleidoscopic in my views or opinions, and that “multitude” of expressions sometimes confuses those around me. Why does that happen? My thoughts make cohesive sense to me, yet others sometimes feel that I am contradicting myself or switching positions. What is wrong with me?” The short answer: nothing. In fact, Milhay’s research shows that creative-types, like Schuler, embody traits that can’t be learned (soft skills) and, in most cases, rank very desirable when it comes to the workplace. As it turns out, the same traits that make creatives seem flakey, ungrounded and sometimes, just plain ‘out there,’ also make them unstoppable, passionate, committed and innovative. Why? Because creatives rely heavily on that too-often overlooked professional muscle: gut. So, how does being part of the creative class make you #StandApart? 1.    You’re never one-sided It might seem like a 180-degree shift in viewpoint, but that’s because you have the ability to quickly synthesize lots of information – and never get stymied in any one. Instead, Milhay says that being creative means you show: “fluency, or the ability to generate a great quantity of ideas; flexibility, or the ability to switch from one perspective to another; and originality...