If you’ve ever marveled at somebody’s creative prowess, guess what—you can create and innovate too and create a variety of different experiences for yourself—it just takes a little time. Everyone is born creative but in a unique and different way. The paint box you saw on your teacher’s table in grade school was not limited to her use alone. Everybody has the potential to develop the many creative aspects of their being. Don’t listen to what other people tell you that you can or cannot do. Follow your own inclinations. Allowing for the input of other people will only bring discord to the music you are trying to make. If you have an original idea, don’t waste your time and effort trying to make people understand. They won’t. And the help you will probably get will often come in the form of negative feedback. Did the geniuses of old listen to their peers? If they did we wouldn’t have the marvelous inventions we have today.
Some of the most innovative people from past eras have taken a nap, a daydream, and come up with an invention no one else thought of. Others have gained tremendous inspiration while taking a walk. Exercising certainly clears your head and allows different things to pop into your mind—especially creative pursuits. Make a note of these different things; there may be gold among them. Record your dreams. Aren’t some of them just the most vivid imaginations your conscious mind would never have thought of? This shows you the untapped innovative power you have lying within. So don’t waste it. Those dreams may just create an innovative spark in you. Be passionate about what you do! Nothing will work without passion. What makes you leap out of bed full of vim and vigour of a morning? What keeps the flame of ideas burning? What is the one idea that you wish you had the money to develop? Sometimes people with talent are walked over by the people who want it more. Sometimes you just want something so badly you become virtually unstoppable. This is what I mean by passion. Passion will keep you going. Without it, you may end up not doing anything.
But you also need inspiration; inspiration hits when you least expect it to, for those unpredictable yet inevitable moments you should always be prepared by having pen and paper handy. An idea could strike you as you are driving to work, or on the bus, and if you do not have a sheet of paper to jot down a thought that could change your life – need I say more? Avoid these disasters. Have a pen and paper with you at all times. Let a variety of ideas flow through your mind every day. Keep in mind that you’re doing these things for your own benefit and not anybody else’s. At this time you don’t want negative input. If you are successful, of course this will benefit everyone else as well. So explore the different areas of your mind; you might just discover some untapped resource, and mbring some variety into your life! The painting attached is one of my own creative inspirations from a long time ago.