History warns us… that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.
Thomas Henry Huxley
A comment on the posting “10 Myths About Introverts” by Carl King“, combined with the book I recommended yesterday (“The School of Genius” by Anthony Storr) reminded me that I wanted to write a posting about this topic: Where does your creativity break down?
I think it’s very likely that most people have different strengths in the creative process, from learning about the topic, generating ideas, collecting them, and realizing creative projects — incl. distributing them. I also think that if you are an introverted person, you are more likely to have your strengths in learning, generating, collecting and the part of the realization of the project that you can do alone or with a partner. Communicating the value of the creative project and distributing it might not be your strong suits.
On the other hand, there are people who are really good in coming up with ideas in conversations and in distributing ideas — and there is value in these abilities too.
So, I wonder, if you step back and look at the way you are creative, the whole way from learning about the topic to the distribution (which might be as ‘easy’ as giving someone a personal gift, or as difficult as trying to get it published in a scientific journal) — where does your creativity usually break down?
I am all for concentrating on one’s strengths, but when it comes to being creative, this is not an either or issue, every step is needed. So, where do you need to focus on — either by yourself, e.g., learning new skills like small talk and presenting your ideas clearly in public, or by looking for assistance, e.g., by outsourcing certain steps? Take a look on your process — and then have a look at the chapter(s) in “Organizing Creativity” where you want to improve. Perhaps there is something in it that might prove helpful.