Entrepreneur, Author | Founder at Shadoka
CREATIVE PEOPLE ARE HUMBLE AND PROUD. CREATIVE PEOPLE TEND TO BE BOTH EXTROVERTED AND INTROVERTED. CREATIVE PEOPLE ARE REBELLIOUS AND CONSERVATIVE. HOW CREATIVE ARE YOU?
[Originally published @FastCompany]
I frequently find myself thinking about whether I am an artist or an entrepreneur.
I am simply trying my best to create my own unique path.
It is safe to say that more and more entrepreneurs are artists, and artists of all kinds are entrepreneurs. And the trend is only on the rise as all things (art, science, technology, business, culture, spirituality) are increasingly converging.
Creativity is the common theme that drives both entrepreneurs and artists alike. But creative people are often also paradoxical.
Over this past Labor Day weekend, I found myself reading excerpts from distinguished professor of psychology and management Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s (pronounced me-HIGH chick-sent-me-HIGH-ee) seminal book Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People (HarperCollins, 1996).
"I have devoted 30 years of research to how creative people live and work, to make
more understandable the mysterious process by which they come up with new ideas
and new things. If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities
different from others, it's complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action
that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead
of being an individual, each of them is a multitude."
Mihaly describes ten traits often contradictory in nature, that are frequently present in creative people. In Creativity, Mihaly outlines these:
1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they're also often quiet
and at rest
They work long hours, with great concentration, while projecting an aura of freshness and enthusiasm.
2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time
3. Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and
4. Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense
5. Creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted
6. Creative people are humble and proud at the same time
7. Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping
8. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative
It is impossible to be creative without having first internalized an area of culture.
9. Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be
extremely objective about it as well
10. Creative people's openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and
pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment
Perhaps the most important quality, the one that is most consistently present in all creative individuals, is the ability to enjoy the process of creation for its own sake. Without this trait, poets would give up striving for perfection and would write commercial jingles, economists would work for banks where they would earn at least twice as much as they do at universities, and physicists would stop doing basic research and join industrial laboratories where the conditions are better and the expectations more predictable."