Seth Godin and what it takes to be creative

Famous author and blogger, Seth Godin, is a creative genius.

But Seth is not a creative genius because he is more creative than you or I. Seth is a genius because he knows what it takes to really be creative. He has said in the past that creativity comes from boundaries and knowing where the edge of an idea lies.

Recently Seth wrote a blog post about what it means to be creative, and his description may surprise you.

Again linking back to his original thoughts on creativity and boundaries, Seth writes: “For me, creativity is the stuff you do at the edges. But the edges are different for everyone, and the edges change over time.”

How true is that? What you think is routine, something you do everyday (whether it’s in your work, or not), other’s may find creative inspiration from. The boundaries of our lives, the edge of everything we do, are creative in some way or another. It’s just a matter of finding the edges of everything you do in order to find your creativity.

In order to find the edges of what you do – and to be truly creative – you could simply ask other’s around you for their thoughts.

Ask the people you work with what you do that makes you creative? Ask other’s if there is something you do that always blows them away or makes them say –I wish I could do that!–

Read Seth’s full post here, then find your edges (and if you don’t think you are creative, stretch what you do a little to be creative)!

Creative inspiration in it’s purest form

The last person you talked to…

What’s their story? What do they believe? What have they lived through, what do they wish for, and what makes them get out of bed every morning?

Finding creative inspiration is as easy as asking these questions of everyone you meet. The people you encounter everyday are all unique; they all have their own perspectives of the world, and that makes other people the perfect source for creative inspiration. The stories of other’s lives is creative inspiration in it’s purest form.

Their thoughts and feelings, the way they answer one, simple question.

Take, for example, what the people over at Crush + Lovely have done for inspiration… they found beautiful, earth-shattering, creative inspiration just by asking 50 people one question.

So what are you waiting for? If you’re looking for creative inspiration, all you have to do is meet someone new, hear what they have to say, see the world from their eyes for a moment.

Creativity: use it or lose it?

Have you heard the phrase: “Use it or lose it”?

For the past few days that phrase has got me thinking: if you don’t use your creativity, will you end up loosing it?

Creativity is something that needs to be exercised almost daily. While most of us do exercise our creativity on a daily basis, are we doing enough to keep it going strong? And if not, will we end up losing some of our creative imagination? Think about it: if you or I don’t use our creativity – and I mean really use our creativity – for a certain amount of time, will we end up becoming less creative?

Let’s look at an example of how creativity might be lost by avoiding use…

When a school student participates in a math class and does well, but then does not take a math class or do any type of in–depth math for a year, and then goes back to a math class at school, they will almost always have difficulty remembering what they had learned the year before.

Likewise, there are a lot of things you most likely learned early on in your life that – due to not using that knowledge – you have forgotten.

Could the same be said for creativity? If we don’t exercise our creativity each and every day will we end up losing it?

Share your opinion in the comments.

Why do we do the things we do?

Without a doubt, “Why do we do the things we do?” is one of the most important questions of all time.

The question has plagued philosophers – who’s theories have helped shape entire nations – for centuries. The question of why we do what we do is what inspired Newton, Aristotle, and Picasso to think of ideas other’s could not dream of.

You, too, can find creative inspiration by not only asking “Why do we do the things we do?” but also by observing other’s while asking the question.

The people you see at the grocery store, why do they shop the way that they do? What makes them pick up a box of cereal or a piece of fruit? Why is it so often that shoppers move around a store in a recognizable pattern?

Ask the same question of your family’s, co–worker’s, and friend’s, actions. Why do they do the things they do?

Especially ask yourself why you do the things you do. When you finish a project – or put something off until the last minute – ask yourself why. When you react to a situation a certain way, when you do something you have never done before, and especially when you do something that makes you feel good, ask yourself why you did it.

You can find creative inspiration simply by addressing why you and I do things a certain way. What makes us do the things we do? Is there a better way to do what we do everyday?

Everyday, starting today, I want you to observe the people around you and constantly ask: “Why do they do what they do?”

Not only will you learn a lot, you’ll also find that the question provokes your creativity.

The line between creative genius and you

It was about 2 months ago when the creativity quiz was launched.

Since the launch of the quiz over 5,000 people have discovered just how creative they really are, and the results are definitely interesting to look at. Why are the average results of the creativity quiz interesting to go over? Because they show that there is definitely a definitive line between the average creative person, and a creative genius.

Take, for example, the fact that the average creativity quiz score is between 50–70 points, which ranks as “Pretty dang creative!” on the quiz score sheet.

Then there is a huge drop in people who score any score between 70 and 90, almost nobody scored an “incredible creative!” score on the quiz since it’s launch. But then, when looking at people who scored in the creative genius category, there is a fairly large number representing quiz takers.

The line between people with average creativity and those with creativity much like Einstein and Picasso supports the idea that there is a line between creative geniuses and everybody else.

But – no matter where you score on the quiz – the quiz results also show that there is so much potential for you to expand, to learn, and to become a creative genius yourself!

If you haven’t taken the quiz yet, head over to and take the test (it’s REALLY short and won’t take you more than 5 minutes to do), then review how your answers were scored and make an effort over the next year to improve your creativity!

Always remember that you can be more creative than you are! It just takes a little knowledge, a little time, the ability to change habits, and an open mind.