Whenever we talk about creativity, the word “passion” doesn’t take long to jump into the conversation. Passion drives creativity. At least that’s what we’re told. But passion can also kill creativity. Passion always comes with a burden. It’s often all or nothing. You can’t be a little bit passionate about scrapbooking. Neither can you follow your passion only on Fridays. You have to be all in. But passion is overrated in my opinion. The one thing that really drives creativity is curiosity.
Is curiosity connected to creativity?
In other words, are curious people more creative? With constant access to the internet we can ask Google all the questions we want. You might think this encourages curiosity but it’s not that easy to be curious. Often we’re only looking for the quickest and shortest answer. Real curiosity goes deeper though. The Oxford dictionary defines curiosity as “a strong desire to know or learn something”.
Asking questions, following your interests, and learning new things fuels your creativity. A curious person gets a lot of input. I like to compare creativity to a box of paraphernalia. Curiosity leads to a full box of stuff. This can be discoveries, experiences, knowledge or things you pick up here and there. When you’re creating something you take things out of your box (inspiration, ideas etc.). There’s no limit to your creativity as long as you remember to always refill your box with new stuff. There’s no output without any input. So yes, curiosity drives creativity.
Most of this input, you can collect by being curious, open-minded, and paying attention to what happens around you.
4 ways curiosity increases your creativity
Curious people are often marked as annoying because they constantly ask questions. They often put their nose into other people’s affairs. But there are healthy ways to be curious and enjoy its positive impact on your creativity.
Become a better problem solver
Curious people often acquire an enormous amount of knowledge in various fields. They can use this knowledge to solve problems. For creative work, problem solving is a necessary skill. Finding creative solutions requires you to evaluate every problem. Then find new ideas by drawing from your experience and knowledge.
Rediscover your inner child
Seeing the world through the eyes of a child will increase your creativity. Kids don’t have prejudices. To them everything is an adventure and they’re eager to discover new things. As a child you’re naturally curious. When we put ourselves in a child’s position we can rediscover what we already know. It gives us a different perspective. Creative thinking strongly relies on capturing various ideas before making a decision. Don’t be afraid to try something new.
Change your mindset
As Walt Whitman said, “Be curious, not judgemental”. How often do we have our minds already made up before we know the whole story? Curious people always ask questions. They are open to different opinions and philosophies. It’s with this attitude you will create great things. Creativity needs to be practiced with the door wide open and not locked into four walls.
Make your life happier
Happiness is a barometer for creativity. Your creative output relies on your mood. In other words, if you feel like shi** you won’t produce good work. And here’s where curiosity comes in. Being curious often results in a more interesting life. Trying out new things, learning new skills, and paying attention to others; this all will improve your life. You constantly create new experiences. This always gives you something to look forward to. When you create you can draw ideas from your life.
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How to cultivate curiosity
I am sure you want to know how exactly you can be more curious in your everyday life.
The first one is obvious, you need to ask more questions. Don’t be afraid to sound stupid which is often the biggest hurdle for us. The key point of asking is to go deeper. Learn something new and reinforce what you already know.
Sometimes you don’t even need to ask a question to learn something. All you have to do is listen. When you pay attention to others you’ll be surprised what you can discover. It will broaden your horizon.
To produce creative work we have our fixed processes. Of course these have proven to work. But from time to time we need a new spark. Allow yourself to break out of your process. Give yourself permission to play and you’ll see how many new ideas will come out of it.
Reading is a pastime many curious people share. It doesn’t even matter so much what you read. But reading will fill your creative well. Books are a source of inspiration, knowledge, and imagination which will lead to amazing creative output.
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Invest in education
Never stop learning. It’s not only the best way to be more curious but it also guarantees creative success. The more you invest in training yourself the better you get. And when I talk about investing I am not only talking about money but also time. Practice will make you a pro.
Try something new
It’s time to kick your routine to the curb for a day and try something new. We’re often so caught up in our lives that everything becomes automatic. But when you try something new you’ll pay attention to tiny details. Breaking up your routine can be as simple as taking a different way home or trying a new recipe for dinner.
Now I am curious to know, are you a curious person? What do you think? Leave a comment below.