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Creativity – No Longer a Luxury

Author: Jeannine McGlade   |   September 8th, 2010

With the uncertainty in today’s economy, creativity is no longer a luxury, it’s a survival skill.  Whether you are unemployed, underemployed, happily or unhappily fully employed, creativity is a skill that needs to be nurtured and developed to keep yourself in the game.

Most likely, no matter what you do, the economy has impacted you – at least on some level. Maybe you’re looking for creative ways to make ends meet or ways to stretch your hard earned dollars to work for you in an economy that is shaky, at best.  Or, maybe you’re just looking for ways to more creatively express your talents and use your time.  Either way, creativity is critical for survival in this new world economy.

Survival skill is defined by Wikipedia as “a technique a person may use in a dangerous situation…to save themselves or to save others.”  So, while you may not be in the wilderness trying to small business innovationremember how to start a fire to keep warm, you do need to survive in your everyday life – which isn’t always easy, given the state of what’s happening in the world around us.

So often we forget that we have so much to give to this world in terms of our creative abilities.   And even though we’re not necessarily talking about becoming the next Picasso (although, that’s great if that’s where your passion and creativity lie) – we are talking about doing what you love or at least loving what you do.  So, here are some big questions to have a think on:

  • Am I doing what I love to do?
  • If not, what might I do differently to either figure out how to love what I’m doing or go about doing what I love to do?
  • What support do I need to make this happen?  Do I need to speak with a boss or spouse/significant other – who are my key stakeholders?
  • What creative endeavors make me feel good?  How might I go about ensuring that I’m able to do more of those?  Maybe through volunteering, maybe through a more drastic means like changing careers?

Periods of uncertainty have proven to be some of the most creative.  During the Great Depression more businesses were created than ever before.  If these periods of uncertainty can be some of the most creative times from a national or international level, why not on a personal level?  Give yourself permission to explore the possibilities of creativity and not only survive in these uncertain times, but thrive.


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