Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks,
breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.
Mary Lou Cook
How does it work?
If you are anything like me, you are curious about the things around
you and what makes them work. As a child you probably took your toys apart trying
to understand how they worked and what made them tick. Anything from
animals and nature to man-made things. In the beginning it was more of
taking the things apart and not so much putting them back together
again. But with time I got better and better at putting the “things”
back together. Sometimes I even managed to repair them when they broke.
In a way I admire a person that spends years and years, or even a
whole life to learn everything on a specific subject. They become a
narrow specialist, a person over-specialized in one subject. You can
find them in art, music, sport and just about everywhere else. But you
won’t find me in that category. Sure, I can devote my time and energy
on a single subject for a length of time, but eventually I get bored
and switch to something else for a while. If you where to ask a skilled farmer
about the benefits of crop rotation, he will tell you that if you let
the field lie fallow for some years, you don’t deplete the soil. You
avoid plant-bound pests and diseases to take hold. As a metaphor,
that’s how I feel about rotating my focus of interest. After some time
the subject feels fresh and interesting again.
But no matter where my focus lies at the moment, I always want to know
how it works and, “what if” I did it in another way. You won’t find
any blissfully unaware specialists. To much knowledge on a subject can
sometime stop you from trying something different. As Mary Lou Cook
said, it’s about having fun. If it’s not fun it becomes a chore,
something you do just because you have to. But by breaking rules you
have to be prepared to make mistakes. And if the mistakes are to
frequent and to many you can just let it sit for a while and do
What if you don’t try it?
Don’t misunderestimate the power of ignorance. Don’t let that stop
you from trying something you have not tried before. To much knowledge
on a subject can sometimes hinder you from going forward. If you are
blissfully unaware you can do things that seems impossible to someone
with knowledge. If nothing else, you learn what works and what don’t
So be creative, experiment, grow, take risks, break some rules, make
mistakes, and most importantly have fun while you’re doing it.