Vol 5. Issue 38 / December 12, 2005
The Seven Habits of Highly Creative People
By Mika Ono
American scientist and inventor Thomas Edison once said that genius is 99 percent perspiration and one percent inspiration. Nonetheless, Edison's inventions of the light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture show just how creative he could be. A recent seminar on The Scripps Research Institute's La Jolla campus helped participants tap into their own creative potential.
"A lot of people think of creativity as being a musician or an artist," said seminar leader Lee Silber, author of several books on creativity, "but it is much more than that. You can apply creative thinking to all areas of your life. It can help you be more effective at your job."
The lively workshop, which was part of the Counseling and Postdoctoral Services Department's ongoing Lunch & Learn series for Scripps Research employees, focused on seven key qualities of highly creative people and how to enhance these qualities in yourself. According to Silber, creative people are:
Thomas Edison would agree. While often extolling the virtues of effort and persistence, Edison also said, "I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun."
For more information on the Scripps Research Counseling and Postdoctoral Services Department, see http://www.scripps.edu/services/counseling. The website includes a list of resources for Scripps Research employees, including videos and books on a variety of topics such as parenting, relationships, careers, health, budgeting, and stress management, and DVDs of past Lunch & Learn seminars. For more information on Lee Silber, see http://www.creativelee.com.
Send comments to: mikaono[at]scripps.edu
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