Education is an area which still doesn’t acknowledge that creativity is an  important life skill.  Not only that, it is arguably one of the most important skills we can develop in the 21st century.

It was refreshing to read this article on the Presentation Zen blog in which Sir Ken Robinson speaks about this very thing. What is interesting is  his thoughts about how our schools until now,  have trained us to meet the needs of industrialization. This is a sentiment echoed in Seth Godin’s new book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? which is well worth a read.  I’m only half way through it at the moment and will talk more about that in another post.

I would estimate that maybe 90% of the worlds population not only are unaware of their own untapped creative potential, but that many of them also actively deny they have any.

Why is that do you think?

For many many years creative people have been regarded with a range of judgments such as; odd, wacky, not got their feet on the ground, far out hippies, eccentric, not to be trusted, non conformist types that just don’t even try to fit in.

It is amazing when you think about it because while they rail at creatives in one breath , in the next they are admiring the Sistine chapel or Gaudi’s wonderfully eccentric buildings.

Gaudi Building - Barcelona

Gaudi Building - Barcelona

I suspect that the driving thing behind most people’s denial of their own creativity is a deep fear of things like – being different, standing out from the crowd, or being remarkable.  Even more terrifying,  might be uncovering something within themselves which would call to them, thus upsetting the status quo of their carefully orchestrated, safe lives…..