Why do some people struggle to find success, while for others it can appear to be effortless? You might have asked yourself this question in relation to business, an artistic pursuit, academic career or craft. Rather than assuming creative success is beyond you, perhaps you need to find the right direction to travel and do so with sufficient purpose and focus.
Formal Education and Creativity
Many of the people who appear to have found success with ease, have in reality devoted many years to developing their skills, doing something which motivated them and for which they had some aptitude. They have also often emerged from formal education with a sense of creative engagement with their chosen career.
During our first few years we are keen to learn about the world around us and posses a natural creativity and confidence that drives us to express ourselves using available materials, such as clay or paint. Though we might lack the skills of an experienced artist or artisan, what we create can provide us with a feeling of connection with the world and a sense of personal achievement, in particular when we are praised for our efforts.
As people progress through their formal education they are often told to focus on acquiring academic knowledge or practical skills and can begin to lose touch with their creativity. Whilst acquiring knowledge and skills is important, many of the most talented and successful people in the world have not lost their creativity. Through the creative application of their knowledge and skills, such people can produce original work and find innovative solutions to problems.
Arts and Crafts Based Learning
During recent years there has been growing interest in arts and crafts, such as painting, ceramics and carpentry. Some organisations have seen it as a way of encouraging greater communication and creativity among employees in business roles not traditionally thought of as creative. Many people have attended courses and workshops where they can learn the skills needed to practice an art or craft. In addition to the tuition, the shared group experience of attending a workshop or class can also be beneficial.
In a world where most people are under pressure to get the education and training needed to earn a living, some might consider such creative pursuits to be a waste of time and an indulgence. There is evidence though that developing and practicing creative skills brings with it psychological, physical and social benefits and some people have gone on to make what began as a hobby into a new source of income.
Those following creative pursuits might find it therapeutic, as it can help them to contemplate life and find a greater sense of perspective on the world. We can take a break from our usual routine, explore our thoughts and feelings and find self expression in a tangible form, whilst also making items that other people might find useful or aesthetically pleasing. When people explore and perceive the world in new ways, they might form new connections in their mind between thoughts and objects, leading to innovative ideas that they can apply in their life and work.
Rather than being the preserve of a naturally gifted few, the creative arts and crafts can benefit anyone who practices them. Increasingly people are using online educational and training resources, to support lifelong learning. Rather than simply remembering facts, they often want to develop the creative, research, analytical and problem solving skills they might need now and in the future, when they could be doing jobs which do not yet exist.
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