21 Signs You Are Killing Your Creativity


You are supposed to explore and make yourself better, smarter and stay remarkable. Some people are killing their creative instincts without knowing it. Your daily actions either enhance your ability to make a positive impact in your immediate environment or kill your creative habits. People’s lives would be more fulfilling if they were given greater freedom in the workplace. You can make a significant impact in the world in your own small way if you expand your horizon and start asking: why?

“If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.”― Napoleon Hill

Want to make sure you never come up with a great idea? Here are 21 suggestions to help you kill your creativity.

1. Confine oneself to a restricting environment filled with mundane, repetitive tasks without hope of any improvement.

2. Surround oneself with people who rigorously worship convention and authority figures.

3. Train yourself  to think within the confines of rules and only within a defined box.

4. Stop asking “Why?” and accept the world as it is.

5. Exclude everything that is dissimilar, unrelated or is in some other domain from your subject.

6. Start thinking what your relatives will think of you if you choose your passion over what society think is a great career.

7. Let your own hidden fears and uncertainties consume you as you prepare to let go of your dreams and choose a safe certain life.

8. Going through an education system while believing everything they tell you without digging the facts yourself.

9. Whenever an idea is offered, criticize it and judge it. Be skeptical. Look for reasons why it can’t work.

10. Get TV, a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, whatever you need to always be entertained but not getting educated.

11. Plug yourself into a system that is: unforgiving of early failure, predefines (non-negotiable) deliverables, and rewards short-term successes.

12. Teach people that they can only imitate past models.

13. Surround yourself with people who don’t believe in you.

14. You kill your creativity when you start getting used to with your comfort zone, stop taking risks.

15. Getting overly negative feedback from a leader kills creativity.

16. Spend all your time around people who agree with everything you say.

17. Convince yourself that it’s all been done before.

18. Everything in your life should be orderly and predictable

19. Select your friends carefully. They should have similar education, family histories, religion, politics, principles and beliefs.

20. Don’t waste time recording ideas or making notes.

21. Never try anything you haven’t tried before. Only attempt those things where you have the past experience and knowledge (limit yourself to your comfort zone).

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”–Einstein  


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    • Thomas Oppong

      @Chris: 4 encourages people to ask why and get answers to every possible scenario in a positive way and point 9 is more about criticising ideas and looking for negative reasons why it should be ignored.

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