I think one of the most misunderstood concepts in today’s business world is creativity.  Not all to say people aren’t creative, I honestly think that we’re living in one of the most creative times in history; but I don’t think people understand it well.  Playing an instrument has taught me so much about what creativity is and what it isn’t.  I’ve been able to take what I learned from the playing the piano and been able use to become more creative in other areas of my life. Here are some of the most important lessons playing my instrument has taught me about Creativity:

There is no such thing as a “miracle moment”

I think one of the biggest things that people don’t understand about creativity is that there is no such thing as the big “aha” moment.  There will never be a day when you magically wake up and have the cure to cancer.  Creativity comes through a mix of multiple ideas and experiences unique to you.

Become an Expert.

The best way to come up with creative ideas is to first understanding everything you can about a subject first.  I’d like to look at it like finishing a puzzle.  Imagine your creative idea is like placing the last puzzle piece in a 1000 piece puzzle.  Would it be easier to put the puzzle together with 200 pieces already put together? Or 800?

Imagine the impossible and make it possible.

When making musical arrangements, many musicians start making their arrangements by making up musical ideas in their heads with no limit or restrictions.  Even though the music will eventually be edited, added to or subtracted from (yes there can be too much); by putting all your cards up front you set yourself up for a creative breakthrough.

Thoroughly understand the problem.

A lot of times we want to be creative for the sake of being of the creativity.  Creativity without purpose isn’t creative, it’s useless.  Before attempting to solve any problems with the use of creative tools, make sure you take 5 minutes to make sure you fully understand the problem and direction on how you want to go about tackling the problem.

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