The Creative Person
Updated on:  Friday, December 11, 2015 06:20 AM
View of Imagineering:  Fringe Science & the Lone Inventor  -   The Creative Person
Searching for New Ideas -   Steps in Product Development -   Ideas Lost & Found

This discussion has been revised from an article Dave wrote for the
Jan-Feb 1990 issue of Midnight Engineering magazine.
Book Store:  Creativity

Another traits I observed in the creative people I knew is that they thrived on variety.   For example, when the problem was solved and the product concepts defined,  I noticed that they were less interested in working on all the details that followed to produce a product. They preferred to move onto the next challenge. If a project called for few challenges they would somehow invent some more. If possible they preferred to work on more than one project at a time. Before one assignment was completed they liked to start another. In time, three or four different projects could be at various stages of completion at the same time. Many times the projects were also in completely different technical areas. When a perplexing problem stopped their progress on one project, they would quickly shift to another, leaving the problem to stew in their minds for a period of time. What I found most remarkable was the way some of the simmering problems were solved without any visible sign of effort. At times the creative person appeared to had abandoned work on the problem altogether. But, they apparently were thinking about a solution unconsciously because after a while, from thin air, out popped the answers. It was almost as though an outside group of consultants had been assigned the task. Perhaps these mysterious flashes of inspiration distinguish the truly creative person more than any other trait. For some individuals I had observed it was almost a daily occurrence.
The creative person, with their unusual work habits, often found themselves in hot water with their superiors. Their helter-skelter nature to projects were viewed as hopelessly disorganized and their trial and error methods could be perceived as   unprofessional.  Even if the person produced above average work there was often an air of friction and mistrust. I had witnessed many arguments and hurt feelings that resulted from the lack of understanding by the creative person's supervisors. Sometimes the situations became so intolerable that the creative person felt compelled to leave the company to find a more satisfying home to practice his talents. Perhaps the lack of understanding by some companies forces many creative people to become entrepreneurs. By starting their own business they  gain some sense of control over their beloved work. Perhaps you are one of them.

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