Creative entrepreneurs who soar above the rest see a problem and think of a new way to solve it. They have the ability to visualize the solution and create ways to implement it. They’re gifted with creativity. In fact, creativity is often a predictor of success. Without new ideas, new companies would never exist. But what if you’re not an especially creative person? Not to worry – everyone has creative potential.
With all of the emphasis on tech today, many people undervalue creativity. In fact, it’s a skill that many companies have trouble finding.
Creativity Is Like A Muscle
In fact, you can improve and strengthen your creative thought process. You can train your mind to be more creative. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “use it or lose it” when it comes to exercise. If you’re accustomed to exercising every day, you know how important it is to keep it up. Studies show it only takes two weeks of inactivity before your fitness level starts to decline. The same holds true for your mental fitness. The more you exercise the mind, the stronger it becomes, and more ideas are born. Mind mapping, brainstorming ideas are popular ways to keep the creative ideas flowing.
Set Yourself Up For Creativity
Your environment can play a big role in how creative you are. One of the quickest ways to kill creativity is a cluttered office or workspace. Disorganization is distracting and can make you feel overwhelmed. So clean your office, organize your desk, and design a work area that suits your personality.
Read on for more ideas on becoming an idea machine and keeping your idea muscles in tip-top shape.
Don’t Panic Liberal Arts Majors, The Tech World Wants You
We all know that software engineers and other tech types are in high demand today. But there’s a surprising skill that’s missing today. On a recent podcast of The James Altucher Show, LinkedIn Editor in Chief, Dan Roth, explained a surprising trend.
High tech is creating a need for better human communication.
Roth said that companies today need people with good communication skills, and they’re not seeing it. Hiring managers need people who can explain things well, write memos effectively and express ideas clearly.
Good News Liberal Arts Majors
This is good news for liberal arts majors. It means their skills are highly necessary. The truth is, we still need human skills. They’re irreplaceable. The skills you learned in college are relevant, and companies need them. If you can size up technical information, connect the dots and write about it, businesses need you. No matter how technical the world becomes, we will always need people to explain things well.
From selling a product, to sharing a company’s vision, businesses need people who can gain other people’s support. They need humans who can interperet numbers and explain them. Consumers need people who can explain software in a way they can understand. Companies always need to tell a story, and they need people to do it. Whether it’s to get buy-in on a project, motivate someone to do their best work, or persuade someone to do something, human communication still matters.
In the book, The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education, George Anders explains how the tech sector is creating new opportunities for liberal arts types. In August 2017, The New York Times elaborated on this trend. Read on to learn more.
According to both Anders and Stross, the ever-expanding tech sector is now producing career opportunities in fields – project management, recruitment, human relations, branding, data analysis, market research, design, fund-raising and sourcing, to name some – that specifically require the skills taught in the humanities.