Creativity is often manifested by saddling up a 20 something ambitious ego and riding it ragged until exhausted. Postpone utter collapse by permitting an hour or two of office ping pong every day, but then ride the fatigue into long weekend hours until spent. Overall it’s a good strategy but not especially sustainable.
Originality turns into “style” eventually, then what? In my opinion, that is where the real stuff happens; where the creative rubber meets the worn pavement. Live a little, create at least one style then, blast through it into another.
Creativity is a mental or social process that involves associations. If you’ve not lived through much, then everything is new and creative. To a child, tying shoes can be a huge creative opportunity. There are limited associations to be made, yet innovation is probably not in the moment.
Innovation is what your creativity contributes to society. It refers to a new way of doing, making or thinking about something. An innovative way of playing the cello, or painting, or building homes, is either arrived at through the luck of the young or the hard work of the experienced.
In my opinion, being a successful creative soul is learning how to stay willing to make dramatically new associations in spite of our experiences, while at the same time hunting for new experiences to create innovation.
It takes more skill to be creative at 60 than it does at 20 but potential for rich innovation is just as high or higher.
In this Video Charlie Rose Talks to the author John Grisham.