The Fastest (and Cheapest) Way to Boost Creativity and Why it Matters

This piece was originally posted on The Huffington Post. Read the original version HERE.

We love to think of “creativity” as something that’s reserved for the arts industries, crafters who spend most of their time on the weekends at Michael’s, and our children. Finger painting! How creative!

But creativity runs deeper than that, and one could argue that it actually is the backbone of our success in the workplace as adults. Sure, typing up a memo for the office might not feel very creative – but if your memo is interesting, well-written, concise… that takes creativity, my friend, whether you want to admit it or not.

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To me, there are two pieces of creativity: the dreaming up of the idea in the first place, and the energy/enthusiasm with which is it executed. I can sit here and throw out one hundred ideas for television shows (“A man who gets hit by a bus and realizes that he’s been dead for 20 years and nobody even noticed…” “A woman who lives in a field in Norway and raises killer bees to be her own personal military…” etc.) or other creative endeavors.

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Is Social Media Killing Your Creativity? 3 Ways to Get It Back

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 4.23.06 PMThe Blog Babe has some news to share – a new blog column on The Huffington Post! Last week, this article was posted in the Arts & Culture section of the HuffPost (click HERE for the original posting). Please read and enjoy… 

Okay, let me just be clear: I do not believe that any of us can “run out” of or “kill” our creativity. There’s no way to “use it all up,” or “clean out the well.” That’s simply not possible, because creativity is so innate and built in to human beings.

However… there are ways to expand that creativity so it can flourish, and there are ways to squash that creativity so it feels completely forgotten.

Does that sound familiar? Have you ever felt like your creativity was squashed?

One of the ways to kill your creativity (in case you were wondering) is to spend too much time on social media. I could see someone making an argument that social media makes them more creative, in a way, and sure, it might give you some cool ideas, but just imagine this situation for a moment with me:

It’s 5:00 p.m. on a Wednesday night, and you have the evening to yourself. Your Facebook-addicted mind pulls you toward the social network, vying to find out if your co-worker has responded to your message and how many people have “liked” your photos from last weekend.
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How Are You Cultivating Your Creativity?

Attending the Sundance Film Festival has always been one of my dreams.

Sure, yes, ideally it would be because I have a film project as part of the festival (I’ve submitted two different films, Last Ditch Therapy and Innocent Sleep, but neither have gotten in. Hey, man, Sundance has a 3% acceptance rate! That’s no joke!).

This year I finally decided that I’ve waited long enough! With only a smidge of self-doubt I jumped in the car and embarked on a 10+ hour drive to realize my dream.

Little did I know that waiting for me in Park City was a deep well of adventure, renewed creativity, and passion for the art of film making.

I made a little video for you while I was there – check it out!

So, how do you keep your passion alive? How do you stay in touch with your creativity? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments area, below!