10 Things Creative People Do That Lead To Success

Peter Economy , Inc.

One of the marks of a truly successful individual or company is how innovative they are. The creativity it takes to be truly innovative is what successfully separates one business from the rest. Creativity can accelerate a company's profits and growth beyond that of its less-innovative competitors. The added benefit is that the creativity and the resulting innovation is unique to the creator — the individual or company that came up with the idea.

Why rely on old ideas and innovations? Why not create a climate for creativity with innovative, new ideas — beginning with you?

The good news is, believe it or not, anyone can be creative. For some, it may take a little more practice than for others, but it is still achievable. Start with these inspiring things very creative people do everyday and give yourself a chance to find your own creative, innovative self.

1. Observe

Creative people are great observers — catching details using all of their senses. What others see as circumstances or things, creative people see as endless possibilities. They love to people watch and are curious about other people's lives. They come up with some of their most creative ideas by observing others.

2. Make opportunities

Creative people change their failures into opportunities by assessing what went wrong and coming up with creative ways to prevent the same or similar mistake from happening again.

3. Learn

They have a passion for learning new information outside their existing knowledge through reading and new experiences. Their curiosity drives them to ask tough questions — why, how, what if — and seek out multiple perspectives.

4. Play

They revisit their inner child daily by remembering the joys from their childhood. They understand that to play like a child is to remain creative like a child. Even as they age, they continue to find creative ways to be playful at work and home.

5. Foster flexibility

Truly creative people are in tune with their own internal creativity clock — typically not your usual workday hours. They know when their creativity is set to high. Whether it is first thing in the morning or in the middle of the night when most of us are still sleeping. Through trial and error, you too can find your own internal creativity clock. This is something for companies seeking the creative type to consider as well — flexibility is key.

6. Remain open-minded

They are not quick to make judgments and instead sit back and evaluate and question their initial observations before proceeding.

7. Daydream

Creative types spend time alone daily to allow their minds to wander. Research has proven that daydreaming can bring out your best creative self because it can stimulate connections within your brain and provide insights you may not have considered.

8. Take risks

They are risk takers. To imagine a product, create it, and then put the product out there for all to see is risky, but creative people thrive on this kind of risk taking. Their risk taking provides them with a sense of power and is intrinsically motivating and rewarding.

9. Nurture

Creative people know when it's time for a break. This provides them with their much-needed time to daydream, play, and observe. Research shows that a change in scenery can recharge your creativity. If you've hit a creative wall — for example, when you find yourself staring at your computer screen and getting nothing done — go for a walk.

10. Imagine

They don't just think about success or a new product, they feel this success or new product with every fiber of their being using all of their senses — also known as imagery. Talk about inspirational. The good news is that almost anyone can use imagery to see and feel the possibilities and it can improve with practice even if you initially don't believe in it. And research has proven that use of imagery can reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and lessen pain with as little as 10 minutes of imagery a day. So start imagining today what your success would truly feel like.

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