or my own view on my creative thinking mindset.
Many people take me for a creative person, often thinking in alternatives ways. I’m not an artist or something alike. I’m just me! Then James Clears post The Myth of Creative Inspiration: Great Artists Don’t Wait for Motivation (They Do This Instead) popped up on my twitter stream i was natural curious about what they used as inspiration instead. The section Permission to Create Junk hit me right in the stomach. There was i reading something that i been told almost all my life.
Then i was studying at the academy for free schools here in Denmark i had a good talk with one of my teachers about my alternative thinking about a lot of things and having many creative projects going at the same time. He told my one remarkable thing, that fitted along perfectly with my own creative mindset (read more about that, here), he told me to write down all my bad ideas.
Clear write in his post about weightlifting the good idea up from all the bad ones and couldn’t agree more. I’m a BIG user of post-its and visual stuff then working on bigger projects. One of the first things i always do i putting up a blank piece of A3 paper and making the headline: BAD IDEAS!. This way i can always see what ideas i came up with earlier in the process and where not to go again. It also helps other people see the path my project have done through so far and to easier come with inputs to it and maybe even changing them into something useful.
As a teacher i try to learn my students that where is no stupid questions only my sometimes stupid answers, it’s the same then being creative there is no bad ideas, only ideas that can evolve into something else that the person might not have seen yet. That is why in my alternative thinking mind, the bad ideas is an important thing. I believe that every person can be creative, but its often the bad ideas that stops them. Maybe visualising and making the bad ideas “public” can help overcome that hill.
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