Creative Thinking: How New Ideas are Born
- January 25, 2018
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Discovery Learning
Without creative thinking, nothing new would ever materialize. Without creative thinkers – those brave innovators who forge ahead regardless of criticism or doubt – the world would become unbearably dull and lifeless.
So, what is creativity? Can it really be defined? Perhaps it is many different things all in one.
Creativity is inventiveness.
If you do the same thing over again and again and you expect different outcomes, it is commonly called insanity. But if something is not working as it should be, then it obviously needs fixing. Creative thinking pursues inventiveness, striving for the next innovation.
Creativity is stepping outside your comfort zone.
Seeing everything in black and white limits your creativity. You must be brave enough to go beyond what’s comfortable and step into the unknown.
Creativity is adlibbing.
When things don’t go exactly as planned, don’t panic. See it as an opportunity of discovery. Creative thinkers know the value of improvisation.
Creativity is growing in healthy ways.
Nobody has all the answers and if you’re striving for perfection, forget it. It doesn’t exist. Be on the lookout for new resources that stretch your imagination; new ways of looking at things.
Creativity is being unafraid to fail.
If you go through life without failing, how can you recognize success when you see it? Thinking creatively allows you the freedom to try, to search, to discover, and to fail. Then you brush yourself off, get up and try again.
Creativity is “doing what you love.”
Once you find what you love doing more than anything else, you become committed to being a lifelong learner. Why? Because you want to be the best at what you love doing. You want to achieve, fly, succeed and enjoy the journey.
At Yorktown Education, we take creativity and creative thinking very seriously. It is indelibly etched into our culture. Our students thrive in an atmosphere of creativity because we guide them to discovering ‘what they love most.’ By getting in touch with their innate passion for the one thing that they want to pursue, sets a course of focus and intent they would otherwise not have.