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Habits Of Highly Creative People That Set Them Apart From Others
By Mikelle Leow, 15 May 2017
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Creative people hardly ever take things at face value. Paper isn’t just paper—it’s a canvas of endless possibilities. And when they look at a box, they’ll think out of it.
For that reason, it’s truly exciting to delve into the fascinating nature of creative individuals. Photographer Marius Vieth and author Anna Marsh have both brilliantly discussed the unique habits of creative people. Check out Vieth’s article on DIYPhotography and Marsh’s write-up on JUST Creative.
Scroll down to read some habits that creative people exhibit. What other things set you apart from the rest?
1. You create your own schedules.
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There’s a strange belief that creatives have lots of freedom. Inspiration can’t be forced, and you work best when that “flame” is kindled. If you’re tied to a nine-to-five job, you’ve learned to block some time off to let your mind rest and then work accordingly.
2. You lose your way until you find yourself.
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Being exceptionally creative means getting lost sometimes—and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You might set off at the same starting point as everyone else, but you’ll have to wander off to find a place that’s right for you. There’s no wrong path to creativity other than the one that is followed by everyone.
Always ask yourself: When was the last time I did something for the first time?
3. You work within constraints, only to break out of them.
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It sounds counter-intuitive, but creative exploration comes from being limited. Having rules set in place gives you the opportunity to work creatively around them.
Once you’ve discovered all areas of a theme, that’s where creativity grows. How? Vieth explains, “Your safe and comfortable confinement quickly fuels your ambition to break out of it creatively… Only in chains you develop an unbreakable will to liberate yourself completely.”
CGI artist Beeple has been testing his boundaries by creating a new digital illustration every day for 10 years.
4. You work harder than you think.
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You’re so driven in what you do, you sometimes forget it’s work. Being extremely creative is incredibly difficult, but it’s also wonderful. Vieth even says, “Often it hurts, it’s frustrating and it’s supposed to make you bleed, sweat and cry.”
But as a creative soul, you love putting in that extra effort. The end result is always worth it—especially when you notice improvements in your work quality.
5. You ask as many questions as possible.
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People are often reluctant to ask questions for fear of being belittled. Creative individuals, on the other hand, have an incredible curiosity about every little detail of the tasks at hand, as well as the the things that surround them.
[via DIYPhotography and JUST Creative, images via various sources]
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