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5 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Updated: Nov 20, 2019

Creatives are a gifted bunch. They can get you tapping your feet to a tune, wow you with their words, or stop you in your tracks with mind-blowing visual work.

What do regular creatives have in common with geniuses like Picasso and Einstein?

Honestly... not THAT much. But here are five things we can think of.

Creative People Are Curious By Nature

They dig deeper and look at things beneath the surface. Place a new gadget in front of them and they might flood you with questions on how it was made, what kind of features it has, and what makes it so different from other gadgets.

Creative people are naturally curious — this means they have an insatiable appetite for knowledge. They are often on a lifelong quest for information and actively seek out answers to their questions.

Because they never stop asking, they never stop learning.

Creative People Make Room For Alone-Time

Creative people make time to unplug and spend time alone. They revel in solitude and seek alone time deliberately.

This doesn’t mean that they’re anti-social; they simply enjoy solitude. In fact, research done in 2003 showed that when someone seeks solitude, it reduces the need for them to conform to a pattern of behaviour. This is because they don’t have to worry about anyone else’s opinion of them.

Think about Henry David Thoreau, a writer, philosopher and scientist, who lived alone by the Walden Pond in Massachusetts for two years.

If you’re a fan of classical music, you might have also heard that Beethoven found solace in his solitude. He had the ability to withdraw into an “inner world”, one that would transport him into a dimension beyond everything and everyone around him.

We’re certainly not saying you need to move into a cabin in the woods, but some alone time every now and then is a great way to boost creativity. Plus, it’s a fantastic excuse to escape other human beings to recharge your social battery.

Creative People Are Observant

If you spot them staring wistfully into the distance, you might mistake this for daydreaming — but don’t be fooled. They scan their surroundings and take in details from things around them. Being keen observers, creative people are able to reinvent their observations or use them as fuel for their brilliant ideas.

Think about how Carousell started out.

Co-founder and National University of Singapore (NUS) Alumnus Quek Siu Rui realised he had way too many unused items lying around in his room.

Siu Rui wanted to find new owners for his pre-loved belongings. However, he found that selling pre-loved items through classified sites and online forums were quite the hassle, which led him to identify a gap in the market. This soon led to the birth of Carousell, which recently became the largest mobile classifieds marketplace in Southeast Asia.

Carousell is currently valued at $550 million Singapore dollars. Now imagine that — a look around your own room might lead to a brilliant idea that may one day prove to be profitable.

Creative People Seek New Experiences

A study conducted by a team of psychologists and lead by a professor from the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath revealed that among 798 participants, the most creative ones were also the ones who were most open to new experiences.

These individuals displayed high scores on a trait known as “novelty seeking,” that little something that results in creative performance.

By seeking new experiences, creative people are able to gain new insights and come up with refreshing solutions to existing problems.

And guess what — new experiences can inspire new ideas. You never know when that “aha!” moment will hit you — it could happen while you’re jumping off a cliff, swimming with dolphins or even while playing a new sport.

Creative People Turn Setbacks into Success

They’re undaunted by failure.

Creative people don’t abandon their work just because things go south. They try different keys until they’re able to pick the lock.

Resilience is key and the seasoned creatives learn not to let rejections or failure get to their heads. Creative individuals are accustomed to repeated failure — they often go to war with their ideas, evaluating and modifying them until they find something that works.

Want to become more creative? Check out our other blog post, 5 Ways To Boost Your Creativity.

Don’t tear your hair out if you’ve read through everything, but still can’t locate a single creative bone in your body. We’ll come to your rescue!