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10 Paradoxes of Creative People

1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest.

I SAY: Yaaaa, I do believe that creative people has tons of physical energy, well people might ask what is it for, but for me creative is not only about generating thoughts or idea, but also about making it feasible and able to be implemented. When creative people has an idea, it usually exceeds barriers existed in common thoughts. Therefore, when making their idea become reality they might be using tons of ways which requires great deals of physical energy because when one way fail, creative people did not give up!. In fact, not only having great deal f physical energy, I believe that they also have tons of spirit and mental energy. However, they are often swallowed with their creativity-generation moment, that is why we could often see them becomes very quite or at rest. It is not because they are blank-ing or anything, I believe that they actually think of something unordinary in their silence.

2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.

I SAY: I couldn’t be more agreed! Creative people tend to be smart, not necessarily has to be smart in terms of achieving academic scores but it is more related to street-smart. They can see social or intangible pattern, causes, symptom, or even potential ideas which are unseen by most of the people sometimes. However, when their mind took control and their ideas become larger-than-life, sometimes they just proposed ideas which seem to be not feasible. That is why people often took them as being naïve. But I guess, even after being accused as being naïve, they are not going to give up on their idea J

3. Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.

I SAY: Being creative requires parts of us to be as explorative as we can be, and some parts of us that shall keeps us in certain condition where we are not crossing the line (which will might bring disadvantages for us, or even other people. That is why, creative people are playful (they explore creativity, think the un-thinkable, and dream outside the box), yet discipline (continuously develop their ideas and being persistent). They are also responsible (avoid conditions which will bring disadvantages), and irresponsible (setting no limitation on creative thinking!)  

4. Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality.

I SAY: When creative people think, they did not consider about barriers existed in the “real-world” most of the time. They just envisaging thing as they want it to be, no matter how impossible it is. That is why they alternate between imagination and fantasy. However, they did not live on fantasy-land all the time. When it comes to making their idea feasible they also analyze possibilities and potentials existed and what might not have been existed but it is possible to create, thus they are rooted sense of reality.

5. Creative people trend to be both extroverted and introverted.

I SAY: creative people are also both extrovert and introvert. They are extrovert because they need to address their thoughts to other people because they highest form of creativity s generating creativity of others. Yet they still need private times where they are able to just stay in silence and imagining thins, therefore they are also introvert people.

6. Creative people are humble and proud at the same time.

I SAY: Creative people are proud of their thoughts, of what they believe in, of things that are unthinkable by other people, and for inventions which could bring benefits for the life of other. They are proud of their outcome, not attributes attached to them as a person (hmmm, except for brain and creativity-supporting attributes in some casesJ) because in person, creative people are humbled. They are being humble so that it would prevent them from easily satisfied and it will also generate more positive feedbacks from other people.

7. Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping.

I SAY: This is extremely true! Creative people exceeds stereotype about gender, in fact it is not only exceeding stereotype about gender but also some stereotypes existed in today’s world. Stereotyping could lead us to create barriers or lines between one group of stereotype and another. Creative people would just escape those stereotype, in this case gender stereotype, paradigm which would possibly create limitation for their creativity.

8. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.

I SAY: there are lots of times when creative people refuse to think on the usual ways of thinking which are commonly used. This makes them rebellious, for refusing to follow the common means. However, when they already believe in their creative idea, they will not let others eliminate it or they won’t give it up if people tell them its impossible, this makes them conservative in their own ways.

9. Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.

I SAY: creative people usually generate their work from a “baby-step” so they had put their heart in to it, and most of the time they are working on subjects or field that they love or they create ways of doing things according to their preferences, therefore their passion towards their work is unquestionable. However, sometimes when they become highly passionate, they can be a bit idealistic and become extremely objective. Therefore, they need to surround their selves with people who can bring them back to subjective senses at times where it will be more beneficial.

10. Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.

I SAY: being creative requires tons of determination, especially when we are proposing new ideas (openness) which create rejection among others, it will possibly offend us (sensitivity). The process of becoming creative to the highest level will often leads us to highly tough paths which will brings us pains and suffer. However, we are going through rough phases on doing something that we are really passionate about and really believes in. Knowing the expected result of their fight, I do believe that even though there are a lot of obstacles, creative people will still enjoy their works!

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