Tips to Spark Innovation

"Creativity is seeing what others see and thinking what no one else ever thought." -Albert Einstein

Have you ever been faced with a creative block? It might seem like creativity comes without question for entrepreneurs and business owners, but everyone has felt stuck with a certain idea at some point. So today we want to offer some tips to help boost your creativity and spark innovation. 

What is creativity? 

Britannica defines creativity as “the ability to make or otherwise bring into existence something new, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic object or form.” Creativity is achieving those “aha” moments when you know you have created something worthwhile and outstanding. 

Some characteristics of creativity include: 

  • Curiosity 
  • Ambition 
  • Motivation/determination 
  • Flexibility 
  • Positivity 
  • Passion 
  • Risk taking 
  • Open mindedness 

Tips to boost creativity 

There are several ways you can enhance your skills and become more creative. Let’s discuss some of the top considerations: 

Become an expert 

One of the best ways to get your creative juices flowing is by immersing yourself in your area of expertise. Develop your knowledge by surrounding yourself with fellow experts. The more you educate yourself about certain topics, the more you can think of innovative ways to address challenges or help enhance the industry.  

Reading, listening to podcasts, and seeking out resources and contacts that will help you grow your knowledge base, pique your interests, and enhance your expertise. 

Be willing to take risks 

We have all heard the phrase, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” This applies to your creativity as well. It is important to take calculated risks, especially if you have an idea that you are passionate about. While you may not be successful in every risk you take, by stepping out of your comfort zone, you will learn and grow through each experience.  

Remember that mistakes and failures should be viewed as learning opportunities. Feel free to experiment without fear of messing up. 

Create space for creativity 

In our busy lives, it is important to set aside time and space that allows you to be creative. Schedule time in your week for a creative project that you are passionate about. Take up a hobby or interest you have been considering, try a fun and exciting activity, learn a new skill, or take workshops or classes that are of interest to you.  

Stay curious 

Children ask thousands of questions and have an innate curiosity about the world. Ask questions and seek answers to things that you wish to know more about. Consider different situations and scenarios and think about alternate outcomes and possibilities. Lastly, keep an open mind to new experiences, perspectives and ideas.  

By implementing some of these tips, you can help nurture and expand your creative abilities, making it easier to come up with innovative ideas and solutions that will benefit you both personally and professionally. 

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