What makes a creative genius? Are some people born with natural artistic or musical abilities that mere mortals struggle to achieve? Can creativity be taught or learned? More importantly, could you be a creative genius and not even know it? The answers to these and other questions regarding notable creations and the people who create them may surprise you.
Defining creative genius
Everyone knows one when they see their work, but few can describe what, precisely, comprises creative genius. Michelangelo was a creative genius, and so was Leonardo DaVinci. Was Apple founder Steve Jobs a creative genius? Of course he was. Could you be a creative genius, too? If you apply a few simple principles, you probably could be.
The Mind Unleashed says that all creative geniuses exhibit an openness to new experiences. In fact, this may be the number one trait shared by true creative geniuses. A high tolerance for uncertainty is another trait shared by extremely creative people. True creative geniuses tend to prefer a surprise outcome rather than a set-in-stone plan. The ability to accomplish several tasks simultaneously is yet another trait that factors into creative genius.
Cultivating creative genius
Believe it or not, everyone has the potential to be creative. Everyone has flashes of genius throughout their lives. The trick is to tap into a few savvy habits that are shared among all creative geniuses, according to Dr. Wayne Dyer. The good doctor notes that the first step toward achieving creative genius status is to declare the same. Don’t say it to anyone else, just claim it for yourself. Say it aloud to your morning reflection in the mirror, and say it again before you go to sleep. Believe yourself to be a creative genius, and you exponentially boost your odds of becoming one.
Pay better attention to your self-talk. Observe the thoughts that pop into your mind. Discard negative imagery and focus instead on what might go right if you acted with the intention to achieve your highest creative potential. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude and watch for good things to happen in your life.
It’s never to early or too late to become a creative genius
Studies show that people who engage their brains in mindful activities are happier, healthier and on the whole, more creative. Do crossword puzzles to keep your mind nimble and try your hand at art every day. If you think you don’t have artistic talent, please think again. Download a free app like the Coloring Book for Me & Mandala app and let your creativity run wild. Every choice you make with the app, such as selecting a mandala and picking out colors, is an act of creativity.
If you’re a true creative genius, you may feel more empathetic than other people. Use this energy to create beautiful works of art that soothe and inspire. If you feel the need to retreat from the world and focus on coloring mandalas for a while, do it. Unleash your creative spark and anything might happen.
Tilly Bishop is an artist who writes about creativity in her articles. She runs adult education art classes in painting and sketching and encourages creativity in everyone!