By: Donna Metallic What makes a person Creative? What inspires you? Over the years I have heard, “You are creative. What inspires you?” So , I thought I would share a few thoughts about creativity and things that inspire me. Truth and knowledge inspire me, and no, I am not a good artist! I love art of all periods, watching the water ripple behind the ski boat, walking my dog, enjoying the beauty of a sunset, antiquing, reading, watching football and playing tennis. I once had a boss say, “do you look or do you see?” How can you translate inspiration into creativity and innovation at work? My perspective is that I am truly fortunate to love what I do for a living: creating commercial work environments, through color and texture, that improve employee productivity and provide good ergonomic solutions. I am privileged to be able to design an overall workplace that is a happy and healthy environment to work in and to create spaces that inspire others to collaborate and innovate. There are so many books and blogs about creativity in the workplace and how to unleash the creative potential within you and become this fearless creative employee. Below are a few thoughts that have inspired me: Here is a blog posting from Creativity at Work. I have heard and seen this so many times: “Beliefs that only special, talented people are creative-and you have to be born that way- diminish our confidence in our creative abilities.” The notion that geniuses such as Shakespeare, Picasso and Mozart were ‘gifted’ is a myth, according to a study at Exeter University. Researchers examined outstanding performances in the arts, mathematics and sports, to find out if “the widespread belief that to reach high levels of ability, a person must possess an innate potential called talent.” So don’t let others rain on your truth! I agree with Linda Naiman, founder of Creativity at Work; creativity has everything to do with innovation— that innovation and creativity are disciplines. There is no innovation without creativity. The key metric in both creativity and innovation is value creation. Creativity at Work image © courtesy of Linda Naiman, Creativityatwork.com. Another great quote; “Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” — Steve Jobs. How true is that! If you have a few moments check out this quick read: “Steal like and Artist.” 10 things nobody told you about being creative by Austin Kleon. Creativity is a process that can be developed and managed, as it is taught at the d.school at Stanford. Knowledge is power, so put what inspires you into your daily work, and you will be a creative employee ready to innovate! Bottom photo courtesy of Melissa Dinwiddie, http://melissadinwiddie.com/blog/.