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Improving Your Creativity And Innovation
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Improving Your Creativity And Innovation

Some people in this world are seen as naturally creative and great innovators, who are constantly bursting with ideas which they put into practice. There are plenty of others who also have lots of ideas but for whatever reasons fail to do as much with them as they could. If you’re in the second group, there are lots of different ways in which you can improve your creativity and innovation and unlock potential that you may be keeping buried inside.

Stop thinking if only ... :If you want to increase your creativity or be innovative, then you have to start it’s as simple as that. We’ve all heard the people who say that they’ve always wanted to write a book but make excuses why they haven’t done so, when all they to do was pick up a pen. So don’t sit there and think if only.

Experiment: If you’re going to improve your creativity and innovation then you will need to overcome any reluctance that you may have to experiment.

Ignore precedents: The trouble with precedents is that they can quite easily stifle you. If you’re looking to improve your creativity and innovation, you must be open to challenging the conventional wisdom for doing things in a particular way. You only have to look at history to see numerous examples of where this has happened.

Read, listen and observe: Make sure that you have plenty of opportunities to generate new ideas by reading and listening and observing. Creativity and innovation walk hand in hand and they need to be stimulated. Sometimes the smallest thing can act as a trigger to something new.

Network: Spend time with different people. Diverse people will bring different ideas and perspectives to all sorts of things.

Question: To improve your creativity and innovation you need to keep questioning. Keep asking yourself “Why?”, “What if?” and “Why not?”

Don’t be afraid of failure: One of the things that often stops people doing anything is fear of failure. No one likes failure, but the most creative and innovative people accept it as part of life and learn from it.

Be willing to change your mind: You may be full of ideas for doing something new, but don’t be afraid to change your mind if you haven’t got it right. Holding stubbornly onto an idea is pointless if the idea is not right.

Record ideas: Make sure that you always have the opportunity to record your ideas, whether it be jotting in a notebook or writing on a phone. You don’t want to forget any ideas that you have.

This is not a definitive list to improve your creativity and innovation. You may have some further ideas of things you have tried. The most important thing that you can do is have a go and never sit back and watch others do things that you have thought about yourself.


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Just the inspiration I needed today! Thanks for the article Beverly I enjoyed it very much.

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Thanks Jackelyn for taking the time to comment. Glad you enjoyed it.

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