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From Twitter last night, here’s a video with Tony Buzan, the creator of mind mapping, talking about ways to improve your creative thinking skills. It’s a very worthwhile investment of just over three and a half minutes to learn his perspectives on creativity’s prevalence, whole brain thinking, and growing the speed, originality, and flexibility of your thinking. Check it out!

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Here’s a creativity prayer I wrote for a creativity presentation I presented several years ago. Invest a few moments today with this creativity prayer. Use it to ask for a potentially new creative force in your life to help enliven and inspire others with your creativity. – Mike Brown

Lord,

Thank you for creation itself and the incredible gifts and talents you so generously entrust to me. May I appreciate and develop these talents, always recognizing that they come from you and remain yours.

Guide me in using them for the benefit of everyone that I touch, so that they may be more aware of your creative presence and develop the creativity entrusted to them for the good of others.

Help me also to use your talents to bring a creative spark and new possibilities to your world, living out my call to be an integral part of your creative force. Amen.

 

“A Creativity Prayer” Copyright 2008, Mike Brown

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I’m a contemplator and planner by nature, trying to figure out all potential angles first. It’s who I am.

When starting the blog, however, Kathryn Lorenzen, a wonderful career coach (trust me – contact her), suggested diving in more aggressively before understanding everything about blogging. Great advice, and much of Brainzooming is about approaches to do that more.

One way I’ve become comfortable with the idea is being more open to noticing and following “hints” placed in front of me and acting on them.

An example last week was participating in the Twitter-based IDEF140 contest devised by Stone Payton. The week was full of “hints”:

Follow that Tweet@stonepayton tweeted Saturday, January 17 on a contest to define “innovation” in less than 140 characters with a $100 prize. Sounded cool, so I wrote one (Innovation = A fundamental, valuable improvement relative to the status quo) and tweeted it Saturday, thinking that was it.

Reach Out – I considered lifting the contest idea since $100 is cheap for diverse input on Twitter to help expand understanding on a topic (i.e. “creative instigation”). That was until Stone raised the potential prize to $1000. Suddenly stealing the cheap idea involved a higher prize expectation. After tweeting Stone (jokingly) about pricing “idea thieves” out of the market, it created a tweet and email conversation about alternatives. That led to visiting each others’ blogs, LinkedIn networking, and finding Chuck Dymer as a common connection.

Keeping Up with @Macker – Throughout the week, definitions were added to IDEF140 (as it became known). @Macker seemed to have an unlimited number of definitions. Seeing that forced me to write others, including a more mathematically oriented one and another (my personal favorite) tied to “Taking the NO Out of InNOvation.”

Mounting a Campaign – When voting started Thursday, I wasn’t planning much campaigning. Then two hints surfaced – Sally Hogshead voted for entry #2, and the organizers said a modest get out of the vote campaign could mean a win. That prompted a more aggressive Twitter, blog, and email effort (including a cut and paste tweet) for votes. My dad and Jan Harness signed up for Twitter and some infrequent tweeters returned to Twitter!

What Matters Is Helping Others – Trying to win wasn’t about the eventual $200 prize. It was about learning of possibilities from new online endeavors. After discovering I won (thanks everybody that voted!), I saw Stone supports the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta which helps recently homeless people and others in challenging situations secure basic furniture items (i.e., bedding, sofa, etc.). That seemed like a lot more appropriate recipient for the prize money, so it went to @FBMA.

That was last week. Diving in and following hints led to “meeting” intriguing people, challenging myself to think more about innovation, introducing friends to social media, identifying a potential opportunity to work with Sally Hogshead, and helping people financially who really need it!

Thanks for the “diving in” advice Kathryn. As always, it’s been a huge help!!!

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The first quote below from Matthew Arnold was on a cardboard coaster in my hotel room in Cancun, Mexico last year. It was intriguing, and I brought it back. Doing some quick research on him, uncovered a variety of intriguing quotes of his:

  • “Culture is properly described as the love of perfection.”
  • “For the creation of a masterwork of literature two powers must concur, the power of the man and the power of the moment, and the man is not enough without the moment.”
  • “Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge.”
  • “The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.”
  • “Greatness is a spiritual condition.”
  • “To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive.”

Hope you enjoyed Creative Quickie Week, and watch for weekend updates on Twitter!

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One of my big projects for 2008 was working on a new creativity presentation. During that time, I asked many people how they define creativity. Here are ten of the interesting answers we’ve received.

How do you define creativity?

  • A different way to a usual place or a usual way to a different place.
  • Your subconscious leaking out.
  • Creating a project, product, or piece that never before existed.
  • Humanity at its best.
  • Going beyond your expectations to make something that educates, inspires, and entertains.
  • Actions to conceive beauty.
  • Random associations grounded in strategy.
  • An outward expression of the awesomeness within.
  • Permission granted to take my brain off its leash.
  • Mistakes worth keeping.

Reader Definitions of “Creativity”

  • “Anything novel that is meaningful or useful.” – Macker
  • “Bending and shaping the everyday and normal into an expression of genius.” – Jan Leslie
  • “Going beyond your expectations to make something that educates, inspires and entertains.” – Danny Alexander

Share your thoughts in the comments section on how you define creativity and add even more variety to the list!

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This conversation took place on a plane in the row ahead of me as a child showed a picture he’d drawn to his father.

The little boy asked, “Daddy…is this a masterpiece?”
His dad said without question, “Yes.”
The little boy squealed repeatedly over the next few minutes, “What a masterpiece!!!”
Next time somebody asks you how good something is, and it’s really good, let them know, “It’s a masterpiece!!! – Mike Brown

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Sorry to break the news here, but William Shakespeare was wrong. In Hamlet, he wrote, “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” That’s not good advice for creative instigation.

When it comes to generating new ideas, it’s valuable to both borrow inspiration from others (making sure that you modify and better it) and to make sure that you’re sharing your ideas with others to see if they can improve upon them in ways that you couldn’t.

So get out there and start borrowing and lending your way to more great ideas!

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