“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” ~ Steve Jobs ~
Creativity is adaptation and adaptation is creativity. It is the same for technology, art, service, learning, construction and yes, writing. I am a firm believer in personal creativity, both in myself and for others. Even if someone else has done something before, it is still creativity if it is something you have developed for yourself. It can be a new way of doing, thinking, planning or processing. Nobody cooks the way I cook. Nobody sings the way I sing. Nobody dreams the way I dream.
How creative are you? Stability in life is built in our habits, dedication and perseverance. Creativity and adaptability are the things that move you forward to a new level. It is finding a better way. It is finding efficiency, changing methods or coming up with a more productive solution.
Change is inevitable. According to William Pollard, “Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” Part of the challenge is knowing when change is beneficial and when it is a display of laziness. Cutting corners is not progress if you are giving up valuable quality. There has to be a reason for a change to take place. If there is no reason, the change will be a decline rather than advancement. A gain in one place could be bringing an even greater loss in another. Be careful of unforeseen consequences. Emotional decisions are especially wrought with them.
The toughest place to measure creative progress is when personalities are involved. You have to figure in personal attributes, willingness, capability and limitations. People change when their environment changes, health changes or even their emotions. This is the major reason mechanization and robotics have come into manufacturing. Machines do not have personalities. They have more predictable outcomes.
For the same reason, the human factor is the area most open to valuable improvement. Get people motivated, committed and empowered and they will bring you not just creativity but the synergy of teamwork. It worked for Steve Jobs.