Friday, March 9, 2012

11 Traits of Highly Creative People

I was reading some creativity blog sites recently and came across this very insightful blog post on written by Dean Rieck who is a highly creative and successful direct marketing copywriter. He basically outlines and describes eleven traits shared by highly creative people. Being not only a creative person but someone who also works with creative people all day every day, I found this information interesting and figured I would share the basic points. As a creative person, or someone who knows a creative person, feel free to fill in your own insights as to examples of how these apply in real life. 
I think if more people had insight into creative people and how a creative brain works, the world would be much more interesting..... Now on to the eleven traits of highly creative people:

  1. Have the COURAGE to try new things and risk failure.
  2. Use INTUITION as well as logic to make decisions and produce ideas.
  3. Like to PLAY, since humor and fun are the ultimate creative act.
  4. Are EXPRESSIVE and willing to share what they feel and think, to be themselves.
  5. Can FIND ORDER in confusion and discover hidden meaning in information.
  6. Are MOTIVATED BY A TASK rather than by external rewards.
  7. Have a need to FIND SOLUTIONS to challenging problems.
  8. Will CHALLENGE ASSUMPTIONS and ask hard questions to discover what is real.
  9. Can MAKE CONNECTIONS between old ideas to produce new insights.
  10. Will PUSH THE ENVELOPE in order to expand the boundaries of what is possible.
  11. Are willing to TEST new ideas and compete with others based on results.

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