How Do You Define Creative?

Is it a painting? A symphony? A videogame? In so many ways, with so many approaches, being creative can mean artistic talent or problem-solving talent. When you break it down, being creative is creating something: art, music, a software program, a technology gadget that changes lives. Pablo Picasso turned the art world on its head with cubist paintings; Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans surprised critics. But both artists, while breaking free of the traditional art mold, were considered very creative for their new look at familiar sights.

Seeing the World with a Creative Eye

Andy Warhol saw one of the most common household items – Campbell’s soup cans – and turned them into paintings that, 50 years later, are still considered iconic. When asked, he said he painted the cans because he ate soup every day for lunch for 20 years. By taking something he saw every day, a soup can, and turning it into a very much-discussed piece of art, Warhol spearheaded the pop art movement.

Being creative changed the art world. Some may say that painting soup cans isn’t creative, but the very definition of creativity is creating something of value – and in 2006, Warhol’s Small Torn Campbell’s Soup Can set a record when it sold for over $11 million dollars. If just one view of a soup can could change art, how can a new look at an old problem change the world?

How Do You Tap Into Your Creative Side?

Look around the room, or think about a problem you’ve been trying to solve. How can you view it from a different angle? Part of being creative is being able to see something different about even the most ordinary objects. Pick up something that’s nearby: a pen, a water bottle, a book. Look closely at it: are there chew marks near the top of the pen? Scratches on the bottle? Dog-eared pages in the book? It may seem silly, but look for something you haven’t noticed before about that otherwise ordinary object.

That’s how you can see the world: through a creative lens that picks up little details that others don’t always notice. Even Warhol saw each variety of soup and later transformed the cans in the series into different shapes and colors. How do you apply to it to problems? If there’s something you can’t solve, look for another angle, another way to approach it. Sometimes the best way to get over an obstacle is under (or around, or straight through). Look for that path, and remember to try a creative approach with everything in your life for the best results.

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