Everyone has or can develop creative and innovative elements in her/his character; but these come to surface depending upon how strongly or loosely she/he is shackled in her/his paradigm. To be creative or innovative is fundamental to our success; we seldom realize this! From housewives to heads of corporates and countries need these, if they want to live a life, which is easy yet eventful; fun but fruitful!!
In corporate world, we have a common catchphrase or cliché – thinking out of the box or thinking outside of the box. It more refers to think differently and seek new and novel solutions. This very much needs innovative and creative nature; but, here we are talking of a major step forward – do it most time and see how life gets transformed! The need is to get out of whatever you want to call it – the box, compartment, cell, shell or silo – for good.
Some argue that how can we get out of the box, because there is no space outside. The moment we talk about a box, we logically or scientifically imply that there is space (in present context, not physical but a mental one) outside! It is this space, which gives us understanding of the shape or psychological feeling of the box; otherwise it would be something undefinable!!
What inhibits us to be Innovative and Creative!
There are no few factors –
- Hallmarks of our habits.
- Parochial personality.
- Needling notions.
- Hard perceptions.
- Throttling traits.
- Compartmentalized thinking
- Preconceived ideas.
- Rigid faith.
- Our obsession and possessiveness.
- Our doctrines and dogmas.
- Our anger and anxieties.
All of above push you into your own paradigm or silo.
Watch, who can drive you towards silo!
But, never blame them, because eventually it is always you who decides to get in silo or not.
- Autocratic and dogmatic bosses.
- Masters, who believe in creating “not masters”; but “followers”!
- Celebrities, who become your idol/s.
- Seniors, who create fear factors.
Why your life needs Innovation and Creation
Life is all about Change. If you are dormant to Change, life would degenerate. The other option is to remain dynamic with life and then it would start to change dramatically. Believe that this would automatically induce you to be innovative. You would start to think differently; think a new and novel.
Another important aspect – you cannot be truly successful without being agile. Your agility would automatically lead to becoming innovative and creative. If you don’t, your perception that you are agile is false.
We can classify people in 3 categories:
They are immune to Changes. They suffer from either stagnancy or hyperactivity within their silos. This gives rise to 2 extremes – docile or dictatorial classes of people.
They are most amenable and agile to Changes. Rich dividends chase them. For them, life has no boundaries. They truly enjoy freedom of thoughts and hence, are inherently innovative and creative in every sense.
This category leads to development of real talent – artists, visionaries, change agents and innovators.
They swing between dormancy and dynamism. They mostly live in the silo /cell of their paradigm and occasionally come out of it to show their solidarity for Change, Innovation and Creation. Then, they go back into their cell. This category produces mostly mediocre.
World has vast majority of category 3 and least of category 2.
What to do to abandon your silo!
- Don’t do, what most do! Most are apparently mistaken; otherwise, they would have been free from failures or miseries.
- Being innovative and creative is critical to your sustained success.
Many times, you may hear “Oh, it is not necessary”; just ignore because it only reflects ignorance of who says so!
- Innovativeness and creativity are not privileges of just few by virtue of their genes or genius! You CAN and should do it!
- Key to these qualities is “not to live in silos”.
- You need to have WILL; do not waste time to open the silo, just smash it in 1st attempt!
If you cannot do in 1st instance, you would find it difficult to do it in 2nd or 3rd attempt. See “1-2-3 & Go”.
- You would then have:
- Freedom of thoughts!
- Thinking big outside of the box!!