Creative Person - page 2
|What is unique about the creative individual is their work habits. One trait I quickly noticed was their intense
concentration on their work. At times they seemed to be in another world, taking little or no interest in the activities around them. Although I would not call them anti-social, they did prefer to
work more with their computers or test equipment than with other people. They appeared happier working by themselves or within small closely knit, highly interactive groups. Quiet, sensitive, shy,
and laid-back are all words that would apply to them. However, I did noticed them to be much less tolerant of disturbances. When working on an especially difficult problem, loud music,
clerical work, group meetings and report writing were all viewed as interruptions or distractions. They preferred to be alone in a quiet area when thinking. Also, when they were not concentrating
on a problem they were very easy to get along with and they had a keen sense of humor.
|Creative individuals have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. When not working on a project, they
would soak up information from every conceivable source. Technical journals, text books and magazines were voraciously consumed. It didn't seem to matter what the subject was, as long as it was
interesting, they read it.
|Creative individuals tended to generalists. They were happier knowing a little bit about many different
subjects than concentrating in one specific area. Perhaps this general interest is why few of the individuals I knew had advanced college degrees and why many crossed-over from one technical area
to another. A mathematician I knew became a computer programmer, a physicist became an electronics designer and a chemist became a computer systems designer. I even knew a history major who was an
excellent inventor in electro-optics. Perhaps they could be thought of more as generalists than specialists.
|Their broad knowledge furnished them with an endless supply of facts and ideas which led to some exceptional
solutions to otherwise difficult problems. I noticed that they did not rely heavily on detailed mathematical tools when solving problems. If calculations were needed only ball-park figures
were used. They also used more general scientific concepts than complex theories. This generalist was also shown by their use of more hands-on, visual approaches in their projects. Their
creativity seemed to be sparked more by trial and error methods. They
preferred to wire up a circuit and test their design than to wait for the results of a paper study. During
testing they would use their superb troubleshooting abilities and powers of observation to find ways to check their work, learn from their mistakes and make refinements as they moved toward a
final design. Some of the mistakes made during their experimental work led to some major scientific discoveries. The result was usually something far superior to the more conventional