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10 PARADOXICAL TRAITS OF CREATIVE PEOPLE Crea%ve people are humble and proud. Crea%ve people tend to be both extroverted and introverted. Crea%ve people are rebellious and conserva%ve. How crea%ve are you? by Faisal Hoque founder of:
It is safe to say that more and more entrepreneurs are artists, and artists of all kinds are entrepreneurs. The trend is only on the rise as all things (art, science, technology, business, culture, spirituality) are increasingly converging. Crea%vity is the common theme that drives both entrepreneurs and ar%sts alike. But crea%ve people are oEen also paradoxical.
10 Traits Often Contradictory in Nature In the following 10 traits, dis%nguished professor of psychology and management Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s seminal book Crea%vity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People, describes ten traits that are frequently present in crea%ve people.
1 CREATIVE PEOPLE HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF PHYSICAL ENERGY, BUT THEY'RE ALSO OFTEN QUIET & AT REST. They work long hours, with great concentra%on, while projec%ng an aura of freshness and enthusiasm.
2 CREATIVE PEOPLE TEND TO BE SMART YET NAIVE AT THE SAME TIME. It involves ﬂuency, or the ability to generate a great quan%ty of ideas; ﬂexibility, or the ability to switch from one perspec%ve to another; and originality in picking unusual associa%ons of ideas.
3 CREATIVE PEOPLE COMBINE PLAYFULNESS & DISCIPLINE, OR RESPONSIBILITY & IRRESPONSIBILITY. But this playfulness doesn't go very far without its an%thesis, a quality of doggedness, endurance, and perseverance.
4 CREATIVE PEOPLE ALTERNATE BETWEEN IMAGINATION & FANTASY, & A ROOTED SENSE OF REALITY. Great art and great science involve a leap of imagina%on into a world that is diﬀerent from the present.
5 CREATIVE PEOPLE TEND TO BE BOTH EXTROVERTED & INTROVERTED. We're usually one or the other, either preferring to be in the thick of crowds or siWng on the sidelines and observing the passing show. Crea%ve individuals, on the other hand, seem to exhibit both traits simultaneously.
6 CREATIVE PEOPLE ARE HUMBLE & PROUD AT THE SAME TIME. It is remarkable to meet a famous person who you expect to be arrogant or supercilious, only to encounter self-‐depreca%on and shyness instead.
7 CREATIVE PEOPLE, TO AN EXTENT, ESCAPE RIGID GENDER ROLE STEREOTYPING. When tests of masculinity and femininity are given to young people, over and over one ﬁnds that crea%ve and talented girls are more dominant and tough than other girls, and crea%ve boys are more sensi%ve and less aggressive than their male peers.
8 CREATIVE PEOPLE ARE BOTH REBELLIOUS & CONSERVATIVE. It is impossible to be crea%ve without having ﬁrst internalized an area of culture. So it's diﬃcult to see how a person can be crea%ve without being both tradi%onal and conserva%ve and at the same %me rebellious and iconoclas%c.
9 MOST CREATIVE PEOPLE ARE VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THEIR WORK, YET THEY CAN BE EXTREMELY OBJECTIVE ABOUT IT AS WELL. Without the passion, we soon lose interest in a diﬃcult task. Yet without being objec%ve about it, our work is not very good and lacks credibility.
10 CREATIVE PEOPLE'S OPENNESS & SENSITIVITY OFTEN EXPOSES THEM TO SUFFERING & PAIN, YET ALSO TO A GREAT DEAL OF ENJOYMENT. Perhaps the most important quality, the one that is most consistently present in all crea%ve individuals, is the ability to enjoy the process of crea%on for its own sake.
About Me Founder of Shadoka and other companies. Shadoka enables entrepreneurship, growth, and social impact. Formerly of GE and other global brands. Author of several books, includiing Everything Connects – How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Crea%vity, Innova%on and Sustainability (McGraw Hill, Spring 2014) and Survive to Thrive – 27 Prac%ces of Resilient Entrepreneurs, Innovators, And Leaders (Mo%va%onal Press, 2015). Follow me @faisal_hoque. faisalhoque.com | shadoka.com