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Sep 17, 2015

3 Best Chapters From The Book, Creative Confidence

Let’s face it — People won't always support your ideas. Especially when you attempt to go against the norm. Basic bitches think I'm crazy, and I really don't give a sh*t (Just kidding! I actually do, coz I might be crazy after all, hehe). To make myself feel better, I sought guidance from a new audiobook titled . . .

Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley. According to the 2 brothers, Creative Confidence is believing in your ability to change the world. If you've also been reading a lot of success stories and productivity porn, you might've heard of the saying . . .

Think, Steve Jobs. We all know that his ideas and inventions changed the world and the way we work, because of his creativity. However, there are many misconceptions about creativity, like, "its only for artists" — have you heard this before? I think so too. And the sad truth is . . .

Most people don't see that we can be creative in anything.

Few people think about it or are aware of it. But there is nothing made by human beings that does not involve a design decision somewhere.
Bill Moggridge
For instance, the guy who invented the toothpaste. After Pepsodent put ingredients in its toothpaste which absolutely have no effect on cleanliness of teeth, their sales increased by 65% in about a decade (I'm not sure about the stats, feel free to Google the facts yourself, hehe). And isn't that creative? They've created a better experience for us consumers so that we'll have cleaner mouths and minty fresh breaths.

And creativity can be both fun and rewarding. With creativity, we discover unconventional solutions to existing, and even new problems. Aside from problem solving, we can also understand problems better even if we don't know how to solve them yet. And that's why I bought this audiobook, to help me figure out what was I put on earth to do.

The book has 8 chapters, and lemme share the chapters that really resonated with me . . .

3 Best Chapters From The Book, Creative Confidence

#1: Flip — From Design Thinking to Creative Confidence (Chapter 1)

Chapter 1 is about being human #empathy. And as creative humans, we aim to understand why people do what they do and what they might do in the future. We see possibilities from our personal experiences to be able to relate and form connections with the people we’re creating for. And as a result, we reveal bits of knowledge and opportunities for truly creative solutions. (See toothpaste example above)

#2: Dare — From Fear to Courage (Chapter 2)

Remember the bitch called fear? She shows up every now and then, that's why we hold back on our ideas. Not caring about what others think is easier said than done because we're creating for other people. So I think that instead of not caring, we should be more resilient with the opinions of others (positive or negative), so that when we fail, it won't feel like failure. Instead, constructive learning is gained.

#3: Leap — From Planning to Action (Chapter 4)

Almost everything that piss us off hides a design opportunity. Whether it's lack of money, or encountering assholes in business, it doesn't mean that we should focus on the negatives. Instead of complaining, its better to write down the things that piss us off (like what I do from time to time), read it for about 10 times, process, and then create solutions.

Given that we already know the problems we want solve, the next question is “How can I make things better?” Then, take action, coz this is the only way we'll find out if our plan will work or not (yes, I do take action, even though I procrastinate far too often, hehe #thanksbrain — but everything's gonna change now, promise).

Whether you use a piece of paper in your pocket or record ideas on your smartphone, keeping track of opportunities for improvement can help you engage with the world around you in a more proactive way.
— Tom Kelley, The Art of Innovation
I’m sure that we all had a great idea or solution at some point, that other people thought was crazy, or "it has been done before". I mean, it's totally fine to listen to other people's criticisms, and it doesn't mean that we have to agree with every single one of them, right? Just remember to process the feedback of others, coz that's where we'll find opportunities.

Do you have creative confidence?

What were your biggest struggles in your creative process? Whether its about doing your job, running a business, writing a blog post, or life in general, I'd love to read your comments below!

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