Yes. I believe I am and I doubt anyone can change my mind about it. One article I read argues whether all people are born creative or just learn to be later in life. I completely disagree with this viewpoint. I think some people are inherently born creative, while others learn to be creative later in life. I think my brain is naturally wired to think creatively.
Growing up I wasn’t pushed into any creative activities. I looked for ways to be creative. I would draw, do crafts, and build things without any influence from my friends or family. My sister was not creative with anything. It was just me. My dad loved to draw when he was younger, so maybe I inherited some creativity from him. But, he decided against a creative career and he doesn’t really have any creative hobbies. I don’t think he was born creative, or maybe not to the degree I am. If he was in fact a born creative, I think he would feel something missing without pursuing any creative interests.
The articles I have read leave out the idea of people being born with a certain set of personality traits with a knack for creativity being one of them. What if everyone was assigned a personality type when they were created like the Myers and Briggs 16 different personality types? It makes sense that I’m an INFJ just from things I remember as a child. I believe this is possible. I think we were all predestined to be a certain type of person and a good percent of our personality was just given to us. Some of our personality is created throughout our lifetime. However, we were all assigned a package of traits at birth, and over time we start to understand those traits and really develop them. Some will change based on life circumstances and some are unchangeable. It’s not based on genetics, but genetics does play a role. Having a knack for creative thinking and a desire to be creative is just one of those traits.
Some people have creative interests due to their predestined personality type and they feel something missing without the opportunity to express their creativity. Then, there’s the people who have this burning passion within them to be creative. Without the opportunity to be creative they feel like there’s a huge gaping hole inside of them. It’s a hole that can only be filled by fulfilling their natural desire to be creative. These people seek out creative opportunities out of need, the same way they need oxygen to breath. This is the category I fall into.
When I was kid I had trouble focusing on anything that didn’t require my creative abilities. There were never any interests of mine that didn’t fall into the creative category. I wanted to be a writer, a singer, but mostly an artist. I tried working at jobs that didn’t require any creativity and along with being lousy at them, I also felt the huge gaping hole inside of me. I found myself constantly daydreaming out of boredom.
It would have mattered if my childhood was different, if my family raised me different, if I had done things differently, I would have still ended up with a burning desire to be creative.
I definitely believe anyone can be creative and anyone can learn to be creative. I don’t think it’s a gift given to some that others can not have. I think a lot of people are creative in ways they don’t even realize. There’s so many different ways to express creativity that we often don’t even see the art that’s right before our eyes. People who design flower gardens, makeup artists, unique home decorations, new ways of organizing a space, new ways of solving problems, ect. There’s creativity all around us.
When I network with people about my business they often ask me what I specialize in. I tell them I don’t. I’m an all-around creative person. I’m creative in all things. It seems like there’s not a lot of people out there like me that are equally interested in just about all things creative. There’s photographers, painters, graphic designers, writers, ect. I don’t have one thing I’m more interested in then everything else. I guess I should have told them creative thinking. Any creative opportunity where I get to be innovative I’m interested in. I love writing just as much as I love graphic design, painting, drawing, and other creative interests. I’m an all-around creative person. I’m creative by nature.
Leo Burnett says, “Creativity about life, in all aspects I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”
That defines me. Whether it is with cooking, decorating, organizing, planning, or something else I exhibit my creativity.
I believe there is a correlation between a born creative person’s brain being wired differently and being assigned a creative personality type. They are one within the same.
I am a born creative. How about you? What do you believe?