Creativity is more than 10K of Practice

Source: The Creativity Post, Apr 2016

the techniques of deliberate practice are most applicable to “highly developed fields” such as chess, sports, and musical performance in which the rules of the domain are well established and passed on from generation to generation. The principles of deliberate practice do not work nearly as well for professions in which there is “little or no direct competition, such as gardening and other hobbies”, and “many of the jobs in today’s workplace– business manager, teacher, electrician, engineer, consultant, and so on.” And may I also add: almost any creative domain! –

For most creative domains, the goals and ways of achieving success are constantly changing, and consistently replicable behaviors are in fact detrimental to success.

creativity must be original, meaningful, and surprising.

  1. Original in the sense that the creator is rewarded for transcending expertise, and going beyond the standard repertoire.
  2. Meaningful in the sense that the creator must satisfy some utility function, or provide a new interpretation. This constantly raises the bar of what is considered useful, and puts immense pressure on creators to find new meanings.
  3. Finally, creative products must be surprising in that the original and meaningful creative product must be surprising not only to oneself, but to everyone.

This is exactly how the United States Patent Office evaluates new applications.

  1. Creativity is often blind
  2. Creative people often have messy processes.
  3. Creators rarely receive helpful feedback.
  4. The “10-Year Rule” is not a rule.
  5. Talent is relevant to creative accomplishment.
  6. Personality is relevant.
  7. Genes are relevant
  8. Environmental experiences also matter.
  9. Creative people have broad interests.
  10. Too much expertise can be detrimental to creative greatness.
  11. Outsiders often have a creative advantage
  12. Sometimes the creator needs to create a new path for others to deliberately practice.

Creators are not necessarily the most efficient, but their messy minds and messy processes often allow them to see things others have never seen, and to create new paths that future generations will deliberately practice.

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