“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams
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Creativity and art are two separate yet interconnected pieces of the same puzzle. They exist in a constant ebb and flow. They can, and do, exist separately but they are better when they work together.
People often mistake creativity as a thing only artists have and use. “I’m not creative. I don’t know how to draw or paint.” That sentiment is shared by many people, but it is a mistake to do so.
I have spoken to many people about the topic of creativity and there are a few common things that consistently come up:
Be Open to Play
Creative people have one thing in common. They are open to exploration and play. They are not hindered by pre-conceived notions. They don’t worry about whether something will succeed or fail. Just like children, they are willing and open to try new things.
You Can’t Force It
Creative people do not try to force their ideas onto a problem. They look at problems from multiple angles. They scrape the depths of their mind looking for a solution that fits the problem at hand. They are not hindered by the idea of a single best solution. They don’t let mistakes discourage them. They turn those impediments into action.
Constantly CreateCreative people are constantly creating. They do not wait for the muse to sing to them Click To Tweet
Creative people are constantly creating. They do not wait for the muse to sing to them. They find the muse through consistent and persistent action. Some of their art will be better than others, but that doesn’t stop them from creating.
Art, on the other hand requires discernment. When you are creating art, you use your creativity to come up with ideas, but you also have to decide what to keep and what to leave out.
Art allows you to express your feelings in a way that makes sense. It takes your ideas and brings them to life.
As artists, we all want to be perfectionists, but if you want to keep your sanity, you will know when to stop. That moment of finality is the difference between creativity and art.
Art is the end result of all that creativity. It is the final product that of all that experimentation.Creativity is an endless cycle. Art is what you have to show for it Click To Tweet
Creativity is an endless cycle. Art is what you have to show for it.