Curiosity is necessary for Creativity – 2
Creativity is not just for artists. It’s for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it’s for engineers trying to solve a problem; it’s for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way.
For creativity, we have seen the seven principles of Da Vinci. In this post, let’s discuss ‘Curiosità in depth. As discussed earlier, we are going to divide our activities into three parts, 1. Practices 2. Exercises 3. Assignments. I want to be this course more interactive rather than monologues. The course will be more beneficial to you if you’ll submit the assignments through WhatsApp or email.
Curiosity is necessary for Creativity. Children are curious about everything. They have many questions. Leonardo was also very curious like a child throughout his life. He had many questions. Why the sky is blue? Why only birds can fly? Why we see lightning first and then we hear the thunder sound?
Be curious like a child. We have to have many questions. For getting answers to the questions, we must be good observers. And these observations must be noted carefully. Recalling these observations when they are needed is must for the preparation stage. When we note anything in our notebook, it also gets registered in our brain. As a result, the database will be created. And this database will help get solutions to the problems. (ref.: How does a creative person think, the earlier post).
Leonardo da Vinci used to carry a notebook at all times. He used to note observations, ideas, impressions. Seven thousand pages of his notebooks are available. In these notes, he noted his observations about human and animal physiology, plant anatomy, many sketches of flying birds, their feathers, their wings, many designs of flying objects, submarines, parachutes, military vehicles, and many things.
The First Practice:
Keep a notebook/sketchbook with a pencil (HB) or four-color ballpoint pen and carry that notebook all the time. Make a habit to note your thoughts, your impressions, your ideas, your insights in it. Also draw sketches, what you observed in it. Don’t worry if you can’t draw very well because this notebook is just for you. Use your all senses for observation, as discussed in the last post ‘Curiosità’.
These notes / sketches may be about your business, finance, nature, hobby, discussions, plans. Try to make the notes in a pictorial form. Avoid description with words. A mind map is a good form for notes. I will discuss ‘mind maps’ in my future posts.
You may carry a sound recorder. Now a days a good sound recorder is available in mobile phones. Try to record different sounds along with your observations. e.g. Chirping of birds, rustling of leaves, burble of water, etc.
These habits will lead to you to a creative person.
- ‘How to think like a Leonardo Da Vinci’, Michael J. Gelb
- ‘The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life’, Twyla Tharp
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