“When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and you’re life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” – Steve Jobs
To be creative, believe that you’re creative, then learn to creating. Creativity starts with listening. Do you ever stop to notice what could be better about your day or daily routine? Learn to quiet your mind; be aware of everything around you. When you’re walking down the street, look up from your phone and take in the businesses and humans around you, maybe even their pets. Talk to your friends about what could make their days even better. This is why ideas to improve your workplace’s operations come to you so easily, because you’re in it all day – listening. Plus, you get paid to be there. Unfortunately, no one cares about your ideas at work unless you’re an executive. If you’re more aware of things outside of work, you’ll get a greater diversity of ideas that you can get paid for – if you implement them properly. Connections will start to form about how you can change people’s life by adding more value. By the way, creativity doesn’t end with the idea. The idea will be molded, abandoned, re-couped and re-formed like Play-Doh. Furthermore, there will be ideas on how to implement the idea, sell it, etc. Just remember that you need to quiet your mind so they will come to you. Make sure to write them down asap!