1/ producing or using new and effective ideas, results etc. e.g.
He came up with a really creative solution to the problem.
2/ someone who is creative is very imaginative and good at making things, painting etc.
– Longman Dictionary
Now, Let’s see more analytically into the meaning of the word CREATIVE:
C for Conceiving New & Better Ways of Doing Things with Passionate Curiosity
R for Resourcefulness
E for Extensive Exposure and Exploration
A for Active Observation of the Environment
T for Thinking & Seeking Breakthrough Ideas
I for Innovation Bias
V for Value-adding Creation of Processes, Products & Services
E for Enduring Patience & Persistence
CONCEIVING NEW & BETTER WAYS OF DOING THINGS WITH PASSIONATE CURIOSITY
Creative minds are always conceiving new and better ways of doing things, and they have tremendous curiosity. They are always exploring superior ways of adding more value, more beauty and more effective usefulness. Creative people ignite their brains with very imaginative ideas which they persistently push through to emerge as practical products, services or processes.
Resourcefulness means being good at devising expedients. It means being skillful at finding ways of dealing with practical problems. It also means having the abilities to find ways and means of overcoming obstacles and difficulties at the tactical levels.
EXTENSIVE EXPOSURE & EXPLORATION
Creative people find pleasure to expose themselves to the practical, outside world. They are pragmatic people making concrete analysis of concrete situations. They are good at: “To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield ”, as the poet Tennyson had said. The imaginative people live and move and have their being in the practical world of making things happen and getting things done better than ever. They are ever in pursuit of adding value, beauty and prosperity, by taking and using every available opportunity in the environment to the best advantage.
ACTIVE OBSERVATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Creative people are good at observing the entire environment with a keen mind and earnest interest. They usually know what they want and have the habit of practicing the principle of: “THESIS, ANTI-THESIS AND SYNTHESIS “. They never have the closed mind. Moreover, they believe that NOTHING IS PERMANENT, NOTHING IS FINAL, and NOTHING IS ABSOLURE. They are always hands-on, minds-on and hearts-on in finding creative ideas.
THINKING & SEEKING BREAKTROUGH IDEAS
Breakthrough means an important new discovery in something you are studying, especially one made after trying for a long time. e.g. Scientists have made a major breakthrough in the treatment of cancer. (Longman Dictionary).
Breakthrough ideas are hard to come by without long and hard “striving, seeking, finding and keeping on with great perseverance ”.
Innovation means: A new idea or method or invention. An innovative process, method, plan etc. is new, diffident, and better than those that existed before. (Longman Dictionary). Creative minds are strongly bent on innovating new and better processes, products and services based on creative ideas.
Creative people have a strong bias, even obsession, to innovate and create added value, added beauty, added progress and prosperity. An innovation is doomed to failure if it cannot deliver added value etc.
ENDURING PATIENCE & PERSEVERANCE
Creative ideas are the products of a very curious, imaginative and observing minds. Creative people usually have a great FIRE in their guts and heart, meaning that they have FORTITUDE, IRONMIND, RESILIENCE AND ENDURANCE, besides having tremendous patience, persistence and tenacity of purpose.
Creative minds usually have a passionate purpose, a strong sense of innovation and a strategic mindset of having a leading edge or cutting edge in the forward march to progress and prosperity.