Creativity Secrets : Connect the Dots

Creativity is about seeing the world in new ways, finding hidden patterns, making connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and generating solutions. It is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality.

People who are good at having creative ideas are good at seeing connections.

By practicing yourselves to see connections, you enhance your ability to think creatively.

In short, creativity is about connecting the dots. Creative people collect more dots, so they can connect them later.

What are dots?

Dots are new experiences, ideas, information, people, environments and ways of thinking. You can collect dots by reading, enrol in a course, going to musuems, traveling, experimenting, meeting new people, watching movies, listening to music, or taking up a new skill.

In short, dots are brain food. You want to feed your brain with as much information and inputs as possible. The best part of
creativity is that no experience, learning, insight is ever wasted.

Even watching movies at home or meeting up old friends during weekend might be the very link you need to inspire a new idea.

Be a Dot Collector

Think of yourself as a dot collector. Be open. Be a risk taker. Be bold. Collect as many dots as possible, then push you outside your comfort zone and collect even more.

As ODL Learner you should never ever stop growing your collection of dots. You never know the magical ways you’ll connect them later.

Source: OUMH1603 Learning Skills For 21st Century Textbook

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.

So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.

This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

– Excerpt from the Commencement Address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.

“Highly creative people are good at seeing connections. By enhancing your ability to see connections, you can enhance your creativity”

– Source: Nielsen, D. & Thurber, S. (2016). The Secret of the Highly Creative Thinker

Image : Information vs Knowledge remix by Ron Letkeman

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