We often confuse creativity with creative thinking. “My son is very creative. Look how well he paints”. However, having artistic abilities is not always synonymous with being a creative genius. Scientists, for instance, are very creative people, full of curiosity and with a great propensity for finding new solutions to a problem. Yet it is very rare to find them excelling at fine arts.
Then how do we know if we have a true creative at home? Creative minds tend to respond to the following characteristics:
– They approach things in a different manner than most people. They break moulds and rules, and they question the way of doing things. “The fact that it’s always been done this way doesn’t imply that it’s the only way”, they usually think.
-They understand that not everything is simple and appreciate complexities. They tend to spin things in their head until the strangeness transforms into the knowingness.
– They like leaving their options open for as long as possible and they’re not settled by the first answer.
-They are persistent in their approach to a problem and are capable of imagining a wide range of possibilities.
-They often try to establish connections between their ideas. When they are generating new ideas they don’t judge them straight away, knowing that anything that may seem ridiculous at first could hide a brilliant idea.
– They have good memory and tend to have an independent, tolerant, perseverant and risky personality.
If your child responds to the majority of these characteristics, congratulations! You have a creative at home. In a recent study commissioned by IBM directives from more than 60 countries, creativity was at the very top of a list of capabilities a good leader should have today.
And remember: although a child may have enormous creative abilities, if he lacks motivation he will never put them into practice. Talent, capabilities and personality tell us what a child can do. Motivation, on the other hand, tells us what he will actually end up doing.