Reseachers into creativity seem to agree that there are five major characteristics which mark out the creative person. Over the next few posts, I’ll be taking a brief look at each of these qualities.
First up is a positive attitude, whereby the creative person tends to see an opportunity for learning rather than a failure.
According to stories, Thomas Edison was asked at a press conference why he had failed to develop a storage battery after 1000 attempts. He replied rather elegantly that he had not failed, he had merely found 1000 ways that wouldn’t work.
Similarly, in a recent post (Failing Forwards, October 31st 2009) I wrote about an interview with scientist Colin Pillinger who led the Beagle 2 satellite project. His saw the so-called failure of the mission as a just one step in the journey towards a successful outcome.