8 HACKS • To Be a More Creative Entrepreneur
Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use.
Do the work you want to see done.
- Austin Kleon
As an entrepreneur, our success and profitability depends on our creativity.
Whether in creating products or services or in marketing, copy writing and design, creativity plays a vital role in our pursuits and our difficulty in accomplishing them.
If you’re looking to boost creativity in your business it great to first understand what the 7 blocks are to creativity and how to overcome them.
Then these 8 Hacks will take you further into tapping into your creativity specifically for how to be more creative in writing, thinking, and even in art and life.
One of the most important things to understand about creativity is hack #1.
HACK #1: DISCOVER INSTEAD
Greek philosophers like Plato rejected the concept of creativity, preferring to see art as a form of discovery. Asked in The Republic, "Will we say, of a painter, that he makes something?", Plato answers, "Certainly not, he merely imitates."
If you struggle with creativity then take a moment to ponder…
What is your expectation of creativity?
Your own expectations might be limiting the flow of possibilities because you think they need to be or happen a certain way. That maybe you need to create something entirely new and never before seen or done. Plato understood that in our art or creative endeavor the truth is that we are simply imitating things we have heard, seen, or felt before. It might be in a blend or combination unique to our personal human experience. Or it might not be unique at all and it was just a discovery.
Taking the pressure off yourself to create a new wheel or make something that never before existed might open your mind to thinking more creatively. To allow your whole brain to work together to come up with a creation or solution.
Don’t be afraid to do something you have seen before. Just make it your own at the end and the more you practice this the more you might find your niche, style and creativity. I would never recommend copying or stealing work but feel free to imitate to learn and to start creating.
As an entrepreneur I want you to remove the belief that you can’t do something that others are doing. If others are doing it then it is likely successful in a viable market. One with customers or clients that have a real need and you can fulfill that need with your unique experiences, knowledge and style.
HACK #2: MAKE IT CRAPPY - NOW
If you are having a hard time feeling creative it’s time to get messy and get to work anyways. Right now. If you’re still preparing or researching or learning… there is a time for that, but 90% of the time it’s time to just start and give it a go to find out what else you might need to learn if anything!
Practice is the best teacher and we can think we understand a concept until we try to execute it on our own and repeatedly. Writing blog posts, or marketing our business, building our websites or selling our services and products takes practice and if we spend all our time preparing to do it you will get more stuck and confused.
Realize when you have fallen into the “research” trap. This can overfill your brain with consumption of others people’s ideas and opinions without letting your brain work on it’s own in your own way.
Trust and listen to your gut more and don’t be afraid to experiment. Trying your own way whether it’s been proven or not is being creative. Thus directly increasing your creativity by being adventurous, playful and curious.
Learn some things to get you start then start. Don’t try to study and master all before dabbling and trying and practicing.
What works for others may not work for you and instead of trying other people’s ways over and over, try thinking and doing your own, even just a little for the first try. Viola! You are instantly creative.
Start now wherever you are and make it crappy.
Let is just be a mess and not perfect or even good if it gets you moving and working. Then just keep going until its not crappy. But not letting the research and preparedness lie to you that you are being productive and that the next thing you find will be what you need to know first before you create.
#3: STUDY THE OPPOSITE
There is not one way to do anything and our beliefs that one way is the right way can limit our creativity. Purposefully look for someone doing something another way or for someone who has a different opinion or idea surrounding what you want to be creative in.
You don’t have to try it out or adopt their way of thinking but look to broaden your mind. It could spur your brain into thinking of a different angle or approach.
Have fun with it and call it an experiment. Taking the pressure off will help your mind to start flowing.
Studying completely opposite or unrelated fields or creativity is also a great way to spur ideas and creativity. Taking approaches from other fields or areas of expertise and trying them out on your creative endeavor can open to gates to new possibilities that you would not have otherwise been able to put together.
Broadening your focus and allowing your mind to start putting pieces of different puzzles together can truly be what your mind needs to get into it’s creative flow.
Watch TedTalks, listen to podcasts, read books, attend expos, seminars shows or mastermind group meetings.
HACK #4: START FROM THE END OR MIDDLE
This is part of being playful and experimenting. Starting with the end result and working backwards might not make sense but will help spur some creativity of how to get there.
If you are having a hard time starting maybe it’s just the first few steps that are where the creative block is.
If you’re writing you don’t have to start from the beginning. Chapter 1 or the intro might not be ready to be written but Chapter 3 or the conclusion might be. That might not be “good” sense to do but work on what is flowing and will get you into the state where more will come.
At any task start with what is calling you not where you “should” necessarily start. Once you have gotten warmed up and in the flow then you can switch parts or tasks as needed.
Sometimes working backwards gets a more direct result because you can see what is absolutely necessary to attain your end goal instead of what you think you need to do to get there.
Have you done those line mazes as a kid? Some of them might fill an entire sheet of paper and look impossible. If you start where they tell you to start you can get cornered more easily and take a wrong turn but often when you start of the end and work backwards there are less traps and splits because you are coming from where you need to be and go first.
Don’t let the rules and common sense limit your creativity and flow.
HACK #5: LEAVE IT HANGING
One amazing copy writing tip or book writing tip is to leave a sentence unfinished.
When you come back the next day you already know where you are headed and what you are going to write. Tapping you right back into that flow instead of a blank page or new topic or chapter awaiting you to start. No matter what your work is leave it as if you were in the middle of an interstate of thought instead of a cul-de-sac of an end of thought.
This could be with your painting, or even with your data research or spreadsheets.
Highlight where you were, somewhere in the flow where things were coming naturally so that you can jump right back in and keep up the momentum. This keeps your creativity engaged and makes it easier to start. Almost virtually removing the creative or work blocks that you have experienced before.
HACK #6: PLUG INTO A POWER SOURCE
Our brains are like any other machine. They need to started up, they need a fuel to go and need maintenance in order to keep going. If you are struggling to feel creative and tap into your brains juices then you need one of those three things:
To get started up, more fuel or some maintenance.
Watching or listening to others who are inspirational can help with any three of these ways that you are getting stuck.
A daily or weekly dose of a TedTalk, Podcast or Reading can perk you right up and tap into your creativity and drive. Without being awake, excited or passionate about anything creativity is going to become dormant.
A secret here is that you don’t have to start up your brain and creativity with the same topic that you are working on.
If you need some creativity for a project that is not really something that you are on a mission or passion to do but must do it anyways… watching, listening or reading about a subject that does will get your creativity jump started to use in any area of your life that you need it.
HACK #7: BE ACTIVE
Moving is one of the best ways to hack into creativity and inspiration. Motivation too.
Motion and action are not a finite resource. Neither is creativity.
Creativity is motion.
The motion of ideas and creativity takes an action of some kind from us. It can be writing, painting, building or designing. Newtons 1st law of physics applies here.
The law of inertia: An object at rest stays at rest, an object in motion stays in motion.
If you think you need to rest more or research more before you do your work and get creative, think again.
To hack into more creativity get moving. It can be on what you’re working on but sometimes we need to get moving just to get moving first.
Getting 7-10 minutes of some exercise that increases your heart rate is not only great at getting your mind active for creativity but it reduces stress and anxiety quickly and if done repeatedly and daily can get you into better shape.
The chemical changes in your body when you exercise help turn your brain on for problem solving and creativity as well.
HACK #8: MAKE SPACE
If you read my last article; BE CREATIVE • 7 Reasons why we struggle with Creativity & How to be more Creative you’ll remember that reason #2 why we struggle with creativity was because we are not giving our minds enough space.
In this modern age that worships busy and multitasking, we have removed much if not all the space our minds once used to have.
All the input in this world can be used as a great force for self-learning or a force that overrides our own brains capabilities but subduing it. Only giving it input and not asking it for output enough. From content we consume to the opinions of others and not letting ourselves operate from a place of play and experimentation we don’t get enough space.
Space to just be. Less really is more.
When you start making space in your life you can start creating the things that really matter and changing your state from feeling like you are buzzing and can’t get into that flow of creative work that you are passionate about or on a mission for.
If you want to live a life that is full of creativity, of music, life, art, great books, inventions, entrepreneurial endeavors and accomplishments… then create an environment and a schedule that aligns with those things.
Start today, because tomorrow never comes.
Discover, make it crappy, see the opposite, start backwards, leave it hanging, plug into a power source, be active and make space!
I’M MONICA FAWN ORTO
I care deeply about your daily life satisfaction, health & happiness while you’re chasing your big dreams.
I give solo entrepreneurs that are stuck in start up mode simple step-by-step trainings and premade graphics that maximize their time & effort so they can make more money while living healthy, peaceful & passionate lives.