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I don’t think human creativity will ever stop surprising me. Every time I think I’ve seen it all, I come across something that makes my jaw drop. In all fairness, it isn’t always a positive surprise. But hey, de gustibus non est disputandum so who am I to judge?

Origins…

I got interested in the subject of creativity good few years ago, when the corporate world I was a part of would go crazy about innovation. You know, another hot buzzword that let consulting and training companies earn tons of $$. We attended dozens of workshops and training sessions aiming to spark new ideas and breakthrough solutions. If you wanted to build a career you HAD to prove you were innovative. Otherwise, you brought no value to the Firm and so you had to stay where you were (meaning nowhere).

Few thoughts on creativity by CottonNutty

Problem was that nobody really defined what creativity and innovation meant. For me, and most of my colleagues, it was such an abstract and intangible concept, that we were 100% sure our senior management just introduced a new way of promoting their ‘favorite people’. After all, on a daily basis how would you measure who is more innovative and deserves to claim up the ladder?

This is when I came across Scott Berkun and his ‘The Myths of Innovation’. Eye opening book, showing what creativity and innovation (especially in business) really is. And more importantly, what it is NOT. If you have read this book – share your thoughts. If you haven’t, I would strongly recommend. It helped me a lot, both at work and in my personal life.

I know that in most cases, it’s the small, boring, daunting, yet incremental small changes you make every day in the way you operate that lead to result which may (or may not) turn out to be an innovative solution. Plus, it’s very unlikely you would be able to do it alone. Each great solution was created by bunch of brilliant and hardworking folks, although we tend to associate only the lead name with it.


This week’s discovery…

Going back to my few thoughts on creativity. I like digging into the deepest corners of the Internet to look for inspiration and find mind blowing ideas. This week I accidentally came across Chia Pet products. Honestly, I don’t thing I had seen it before so decided to explore it and I must say, chapeau bas for Joseph Enterprises for fantastic idea!

These are my favorite items, cool stuff based on Star Wars characters. If you are a fan of the Galaxy Far Far Away, then you are gonna love it!

Baby Yoda Pottery Planter

Honestly, I died when I saw it. It’s a pottery Baby Yoda floating in its bassinet! It includes an acrylic stand, which makes it seem as if Baby Yoda is indeed floating. If you’ve watched the Mandalorian then you most likely feel the cuteness of it 🙂

Additionally, you get chia seeds and you can re-plant them dozens of times as it’s washable and re-usable. Brilliant!

But wait, it gets better.. They have Chewbacca and Old Yoda!

Chia Pet assortment includes many more fun items, like E.T., Spiderman, Groot and other cool planters. Congrats to Joseph Enterprises crew for creative and inspiring ideas!


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Sometimes when I look at all of those amazing designs I envy their creators. I wish it was my idea! Oh well, maybe one day I will come up with something innovative and mind blowing. Stepping-stones. You never know.


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18 thoughts on “Few Thoughts on Creativity | Off the hook”

  1. Hello CottonNutty, I read the other articles and bought the necessary items to make my crochet pattern for the dog. Thanks once more for another beautiful article. I am happy to discover with you the Chia Pet products. It is amazing to know that one can get chia seeds and re-plant them dozens of times as they are washable and re-usable. I will try it out.

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  2. Ah – creativity and innovation in business.  If you were at a loss of what that meant before you read the book on the same subject, I still am.  Could you tell us more and what the definition of innovation in business means.

    Because I would love to know.

    Thanks for sharing though and looking forward to an update.

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  3. Hi, CottonNutty!
    Nowadays, more than ever, creativity and innovation are a must in our society always eager for what is new and different. These two concepts as you state are not easy to define and you made me curious to read ‘The Myths of Innovation’. Maybe it will help me in business as well as in my private life. I enjoy reading and the topic really pleases me.
    Thanks for sharing and be safe!

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