THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB SKILL IN THE 21 CENTURY ECONOMY THAT NOBODY TALKS ABOUT: HOW TO BOOST YOUR CREATIVE GENIUS
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Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion, is widely considered to be the greatest chess player of all time. He learned to play chess when he was only 6 years old and became the youngest world champion at age 22. He played chess for 16 years to become the best in the world. Google’s artificial intelligence system AlphaZero only took a few HOURS (!!!) to learn chess. After 2 hrs, it began to perform better than human chess players; after 4hrs, it was able to beat the best chess engine in the world.
… AND WE’RE JUST AT THE BEGINNING OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Jobs with repetitive tasks will be replaced with robots. Jobs that require calculation or large amounts of information will be replaced by A.I.. Many service jobs will be replaced by AI driven robots. *See Auto-Economy So what’s a human to do?
… SO WHAT’S A HUMAN TO DO?
Let’s talk about CREATIVITY. This is the first of the 3Cs, which I defined as the 3 most critical survival skills for the 21st century: creativity, compassion & consciousness. The 3Cs are interconnected yet separate. However if you master and integrate all 3 you will have a massive competitive advantage. While artificial intelligence is already outperforming humans in many areas, we are far away from an artificial consciousness machine.
WHAT IS CREATIVITY?
Creativity is a skill that every human has built in. Some are using it more, others less. There are 3 steps to a creative process.
- The Old Order
- The Chaos
- The New Order
The first step is to question an existing order, maybe even doubt it. As an example I’m looking at the lyrics of an existing song. Imagine the words as refrigerator magnets. You start by accepting the idea that everything is ever changing in this universe, nothing is final, nothing is perfect, therefore many things deserve to be questioned: Is the way people are thinking about something the best way to think about it? In our example: Could these words be used to write a better song?
The second step is chaos. You mix up the ingredients of your old order. In this case you mix up all the words on your refrigerator by moving them into a word cloud.
CHAOS REQUIRES COURAGE
Many people are not comfortable with the second step. Because our mind is constructed to always make sense of our environment. Our brain is constantly attempting to construct order and purpose out of the messy sensory experiences we have. This is why introducing chaos (on purpose) feels like fingernails on a chalkboard for many people.
When you read artist biographies, you often find that they had a messy life. That said it doesn’t have to be this way. I know someone who is highly creative and extremely organized at the same time. Because this person treats the creative process in phases. Time to question the old structure. Time to tear it down and mix it up. Time to create a new structure. The most important skill for the chaos phase is to ABSOLUTELY NOT judge your ideas. Everything is allowed. Nothing gets censored. Nothing is too “stupid”. Viability is also not an issue here. Whether something will work should NOT be a consideration during this process.
CREATE A NEW ORDER
The final step is to create a new order, a new shape, a new form, a new sequence, a new arrangement out of the ideas that emerged during the chaos phase. This is a time to fine tune and to allow questions of usefulness to enter the equation. Higher forms of art are usually further ahead of the predominant tastes of the time. But popular art like pop music is just as important because of its functional qualities (music to dance to).
THE 3 STEPS YOU CAN TRY TODAY
- FIND something you want to create. If you’re creating art decide on the genre, if you’re creating a business find an existing practice you can question (pain point, problem)
- BRAINSTORM on a new melody or business process. Write all the ideas down (or record them), no matter how irrelevant they may seem. I call this swimming in the primordial creative soup.
- SHAPE your ideas by finding the best ones through filters. Here are some ideas for filters: Is this memorable? Is this affordable? How could this work?
If you want to prove to yourself that you can boost your creativity, do this once a week. However if you want to see your life completely transform practice this for as little as 3 times 5 minutes a day, 5 times a week. Unlike other skills that only affect a slice of your life, this practice will upgrade your “human operating system” and impact everything, your relationships, your job, your business and the way you see yourself. If you’re into self development, you need creativity to come up with a new vision for your self and your life. If you’re in business you’ll need creativity to come up with profitable new approaches. Even if you hire creative people, you need to have enough creativity to detect a promising vision. If you want to improve your personal relationships you need creativity because you need to practice suspending judgement. When you put the pause button on judging your partner, watch the magic that can happen …