Curiosity + Courage + Creativity = An Unbeatable Formula

“Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world.”
— Paulo Coelho


I think about that quote a lot lately, almost every time I watch the news in fact! ‘From the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world.’  Watching the news and keeping up with current events, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. But it’s important to remember, we all have the creative potential to start changing the world.

But why are so many people so afraid of the idea of creativity? Perhaps it’s the idea that to be creative is to relinquish control.

Matisse famously says: Creativity takes courage.

And Joseph Chilton Pearce adds: To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.

Picasso adds to that: The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.

To allow oneself to put aside that part of us that is in control, that is logical and rational is a scary thought. For those of us who have worked so hard to keep everything ordered and in control, the thought of relinquishing this control is scary. But I love the image created by Lady Gaga about letting go to access one’s creative spark:

When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condom-less sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time.

A lot of research is also pointing to curiosity being an important key to unlocking creativity:


In order to spark new levels creativity as adults, we need to get back in touch with our childlike curiosity. We need to observe, explore, ask questions, and again venture into the unknown — Andrew Merle explains in a recent article in Huffington Post: Why Curiosity is the Key to Break Through Creativity.

Along with fear of losing control, a great many people believe that they aren’t creative, that they ‘don’t have a creative bone in their body.’ The sad truth is that many of us have been shamed out of even trying to access our creative spark. Some of us have even been taught out of our creativity. Sir Ken Robinson explains this beautifully in his popular TED Talk: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

The reality though is that we are ALL born creative, we all have that creative potential. Yes, some of us are more artistic than others or more talented in certain areas. But all of us are creative.

Creativity is not found just in the chosen few who exhibit artistic talent. It is a force that flows through every single one of us, allowing us to dream things up and make them happen.

–Peggy Taylor and Charlie Murphy

In a wonderful article on Greater Good Website, Ten Things Creative People Know, Peggy Taylor and Charlie Murphy explain that:

Creative expression opens the door to the inner world of our imaginations. It is here that we make meaning of our lives. It is here that motivation takes root. The more creative we are, the more capacity we have to imagine what’s possible and make those visions real.

So although it’s a conundrum, creativity sparks creativity!

So the next time you look around and feel as though it’s time to start changing the world, remember:

Curiosity + Courage + Creativity = an unbeatable formula

I think I’ll close with Sir Ken Robinson’s latest TED Talk, he is always a good choice to illustrate the 3 Cs!  Bring on The Revolution:

I’d love to hear how you spark your creativity.  And as always, thank you for taking the time to visit.  I appreciate it.

19 thoughts on “Curiosity + Courage + Creativity = An Unbeatable Formula

  1. Clearly and constructively stated…and if I am going to use my creative potential to change something, I am reminded to begin with myself…reaffirming my beliefs, adjusting my attitude and shaping my actions to use my time and energy more creatively, productively, compassionately. I have been amusing myself by composing hostile and witty attacks on the malignant forces at work in our government, but in truth those are pointless investments of my resources even if a few people chuckle or ooh and aah. At best I am proving I can be clever and offensive at the same time. Thanks for the reminder that a few minutes spent greeting and listening to the threatened and disenfranchised in my community shows much greater creativity and imagination.

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  2. Creativity takes courage (Matisse) resonates with me. I joined Toastmasters International, a group that educates about public speaking skills. March 9th I will give my first prepared talk. Courage to stand in front of a room of almost strangers and new acquaintances is required to speak well. Wish me success as I step toward my goals to enjoy a writing and public speaking career to bring to audiences stories of lessons learned. Good post, Patti. Thanks!

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  3. This is a marvelous piece of writing. The way I access my creativity is by listening to my feelings, my emotions. At times they are negative, but in order to experience life to the fullest, all of our emotions need to be acknowledged, so that’s what I do to access my creativity, I listen to my inner voice.

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  4. Creativity. The very beginning of the Bible states:

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

    Creativity is a God like attribute. We need courage to be creative because when we create we are acting like God.

    Curiosity can be a God like attribute. I think God created the universe and in particular man because He was curious about what His creation would become. I do not know how it works; that, God lives outside of time and knows our future as if we are written in a book that He has read from beginning to end, while we are struggling through the same book page by page. I accept that as one of the mysteries of faith. I also, like Mother Teresa, think that curiosity can lead to sin.

    What I am trying to say is that creativity is a God like attribute of man and curiosity is part of that creativity (which can be diverted to sin if we are not careful). We need to be courageous to be presumptuous enough to think that we can imitate God by being creative, We do not need courage because this imitation of God is evil (though it can be) we need courage because whenever we assume any God like attribute we assume a great responsibility, we become a creator, a representative of God. As a creator, we need to create in honor of God, the Ultimate Creator. This kind of creativity, this imitation of God the creator, can be an act of worship.

    So, create! Be like God. We are called to be like our Father, the Creator. He made us to be creators. Be courageous knowing that when we create we are imitating our Creator and that is an act of worship. Be curious but be cautious to direct your curiosity towards things of eternal worth (I may be curious about what it would be like to rob a bank but such curiosity is not good. I may be curious about what it is like to give to the poor and such curiosity is good.)

    So, be creative, be curious, be courageous, be a child of God, the Father of Jesus Christ.


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