Talents Tested, Concepts Considered

creative cultivationAlways on the lookout for new approaches to creativity, I’m struck with the cause and effect relationship. By studying the act of creativity, you can enhance your own. Creativity is a practice and a discipline like any other.

Talent, on the other hand, is not learned or taught. It is a prerequisite to all pursuits. The only way to gauge your talent is to test it. Everyone wants this precious gift, but few who do possess it even know how to best nurture, much less realize.

To test, ideas must be polished to the point of measurability. How to do that?

Testing ideas begins at the idea stage itself. I asked the author of one of the best books I’ve read on creativity, Gail McMeekin, who offers ways to gain the perspective needed to be a good judge. She concludes:

glass collection of Liane Sebastian“Creativity is born of inspiration and inspiration evolves from passion. Follow your whims and these excursions will stimulate new thought patterns and generate new paradigms.”—Gail McMeekin, author and creativity consultant

Also see:
• “Creativity” chapter in Women who Win at Work, my book that features Gail’s article “An Inner Way of Knowing”
The Path to Creative Success by Gail McMeekin, free e-book

Liane Sebastian, illustrator, designer, writer, and publishing pioneer


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One Response to “Talents Tested, Concepts Considered”

  1. Showdown: Creativity Faces Fear « Wisdomofwork's Blog Says:

    […] more contributions from Gail: [Returning to one of the best writers on creativity (see my previous blog), Gail McMeekin, says] “The Focus of Variety” […]

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