Excellent and thoughtful list. It’s an especially interesting exercise when you can go through this list and ask yourself if your current workplace environment supports or hinders you in being creative.

My favorites:

  • They connect the dots - “… the ability to see possibilities where others don’t — or, in other words, vision. Many great artists and writers have said that creativity is simply the ability to connect the dots that others might never think to connect.”
  • They work the hours that work for them - “… individuals with high creative output will often figure out what time it is that their minds start firing up, and structure their days accordingly.”
  • They turn life’s obstacles around - “… many people are able to use their hardships and early-life trauma for substantial creative growth.”
  • They “fail up” - “… a process of failing repeatedly until you find something that sticks, and creatives — at least the successful ones — learn not to take failure so personally.”
  • They take risks - “… making public those bets first placed by imagination. This is not a job for the timid.”

Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad. They understand they are in control of their actions and emotions. They know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond.

Great list of things to avoid as a leader:

  1. Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves
  2. Give Away Their Power
  3. Shy Away from Change
  4. Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control
  5. Worry About Pleasing Others
  6. Fear Taking Calculated Risks
  7. Dwell on the Past
  8. Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over
  9. Resent Other People’s Success
  10. Give Up After Failure
  11. Fear Alone Time
  12. Feel the World Owes Them Anything
  13. Expect Immediate Results

Homogeneous groups have shown to be better able to get along, but it comes at a cost: they are less creative. This even applies to the social groups you keep, so beware of being surrounded by people who are too similar all the time, you may end up in a creative echo-chamber.

I found that you won’t notice this until you get out of the echo chamber.

Creative people thrive on having others impacted by their ideas.

Obvious, but always a good reminder. Great overall list