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Five Skills to Save You $$$: Creativity

The fifth, and final of our skills that will save you money is a little different than the first four skills. While this skill tends to exist mostly in the realm of the abstract, it is no less important than the first skills we covered, and it is arguably the most important skill. This skill is something we all have in varying degrees. It is something many people believe cannot be improved upon (but they are wrong — I’ll tell you why in a minute). This oh-so-important skill is creativity.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Great, we come here looking for practical advice that will ultimately save us some of our hard earned cash and here comes Mrs. Bleeding Heart to tell us all about how all we need is love, creativity, rainbows, and unicorns. Thanks for nothing!” Please stick with me on this because, while creativity is more of an abstract skill, it yields real world results. Creativity is the one skill you can learn that will boost and inform all of the other skills you have that can, or possibly could, save you money. By learning to creatively look at your problems from different angles, you will be able to concoct new solutions to those problems. Creativity is what will help you stretch your last dollar to feed you for a week. Creativity is what will help you find new ways to fix your car or make that small repair on your house. Creativity will help your outlook on your financial situation and life in general. When it comes to those skills that will help you through life, more than any other, creativity is king.

The problem with creativity is that it has something of a P.R. problem. People seem to think that you either have creativity or you don’t, like it’s a genetic problem you have no control over. This is why people tend to divide the world into right and left brain people. They feel that creativity is a part of who you are. The truth of the matter is that while creativity may come easier to some people, it is something we all have. It would be next to impossible to function on this planet without some creativity. And, because we all have creativity, it is also something that can be made to grow. It is truly like most muscles, it can be exercised and it can be made stronger. By working on your creativity, you can make it not only stronger, but you can make it a key part of your life skill arsenal.

So this begs the question: how do you increase your creativity. Like I said in the first of this series of articles, the purpose of these articles is not to teach you how to gain these skills, its merely to show you what skills to acquire. That being said, the following are a few places to search to learn to grow your creativity.

John Cleese’s talk on creativity. Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to watch this video. It is easily found through a simple Google search for “John Cleese creativity.” In this talk John Cleese (of Monty Python fame) argues that creativity is not a talent but rather a way of operating. He then explains how to operate in a creative way. It is full of good advice for upping your creative prowess.

TED talks on creativity. In recent years, TED has become a valuable resource for learning about big ideas. Luckily, creativity is one of those big ideas. Go to their website and search for talks about creativity. You can learn everything you wanted to know about the subject and more here.

Google search “33 Ways to Stay Creative” and read the list that pops up. I saw this a couple of years ago and it gives some great ideas for building your creativity. Plus, quite of a few of these suggestions sound like a lot of fun.

What do you think about creativity? How do you build your creative muscles? Is creativity really that important to saving money? Let me know what you think below.

Article publié pour la première fois le 03/06/2013

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