J.K. Riki

A Valuable Education

Apart from this website-centric collection of creative thoughts, and my 15 Day Creativity Boot Camp book, I also run a Twitter account focused on boosting creativity. You can check it out @Creative_Go if you’d like!

The other day I made an important note there that I thought I’d expand on a bit: “Learning and creativity are soulmates. If you want to boost one, work on the other.”

Often times when it comes to expanding our creativity, it can be tricky to know where to start. There are a ton of exercises you can do to practice, but one that is often overlooked is the simple act of learning something new. When we tackle a new skill (or just gain new knowledge) we’re using our brain in a way we haven’t previously. The brain is like a path through a wild meadow. When you do something often, the tall grass of that particular path gets worn down. As a result, it’s easier to go that way (do that activity) but the rest of the field gets completely overgrown. It becomes harder to make a new path after a while, because small trees and shrubs and thorn bushes have cropped up everywhere.

That’s one reason it’s so important to dedicate at least a bit of your time to education. I’m not talking about formal schooling, though that’s one option. Every day provides us with the opportunity to learn something, or attempt something new. If you’ve never tried knitting, now is a perfect time. Do you take the same way home from work everyday? Why not find a new route, to see some roads you’ve never been on? Drawing is a great brain-honing exercise if you’re not used to it. And don’t worry if you “don’t know how to draw” because no one instinctively does. That’s why you practice it, SO that you can know!

Today consider trying something new as a method of expanding your creativity. The world is full of adventures, and it’s a great time to find a new one to try!

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