In “The Agile Mind – How Your Brain Makes Creativity Happen”, Estanislao Bachrach shared the two important conclusions from a 2009 study by Clayton Christensen, a professor at Harvard Business School. The six-year study was carried out on three thousand executives and five hundred innovative entrepreneurs.
1. Five abilities distinguishes the most creative people from others:
- better at making associations between seemingly unrelated concepts
- curious about everything
- have enormous concentration and attention when observing what goes on in the world and imagining how it might be different
- experiment without fear of failure, amusing themselves until the find the best solution
- seek out people who are different from them to challenge their ideas and expand their horizons.
2. Approximately eighty percent of our creativity can be learned and acquired.
Point 2 gives a fresh perspective on the five “abilities”, doesn’t it? These “abilities” are not inherent but rather are habits we can develop if we choose to.
What is stopping us and what can we do about it?