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Creativity is a much-neglected concept when talking about business success, or even success in general, but it shouldn’t be. One of the most beneficial qualities you can have, creativity makes you unique, allowing you to tap into so many unexplored areas of your subconscious, far away from societal influence.

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Does our society approve of creativity? An arguable question, as the implicit message seems to be it will not help you get further in life. Since birth, you have been told what to do, and how to do it.

And while it’s easy to assume creativity should be reserved onlu for kids during unstructured playtime, with space to feed their imagination, it’s highly important, and highly beneficial, for people of all ages. In fact, research has shown that expressing your creativity alters brain chemistry and can boost physical and mental health.

The following quotes are powerful reminders that creativity is meant to pour out of each and every one of us.

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”

– Edward de Bono

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“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”

– Pablo Picasso

“The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.”

– Dan Stevens

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

– Vincent Van Gogh

“Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert

Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”

– Salvador Dali

“I feel at various times in my life that I’ve been at a point where I had to choose between a death sentence and a life sentence. And I want to live. What do I do to live? What do I do to be vital? And the answer is always creativity. The answer is always art.”

– Jodie Foster

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”

– Leo Burnett

“But out of limitations comes creativity.”

– Debbie Allen

You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”

– Jack London

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.”

– George Bernard Shaw

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.”

– Dr. Seuss

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”

– Charles Mingus

“Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.”

– Voltaire

“Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.”

– Donatella Versace

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”

– Ray Bradbury

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”

– Steve Jobs

“Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?”

– George Bernard Shaw

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.”

– Albert Einstein


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