Success; to most is a phenomena that is achieved by doing something extraordinary and one which will make us all famous. Success is basically achieving an objective, which for some is making money, getting promotion or getting an award, while for some it is just simply about avoiding hunger and thirst for one more day. What people fail to see is that success does not come overnight, it is the combination of multiple elements; the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, the long hours and constant efforts, the criticisms, overcoming the risks that appear every day etc. that lead to a certain person becoming ‘Successful’.
The question one must ask is, how do people become successful, especially if it is one of the hardest things to achieve? The answer to this lies in the quote of the famous Greek philosopher, Socrates, who stated that “To know yourself, is the beginning of all wisdom”. It is easy said than done, but it is a simple process of sitting down in a quiet place for a little while and then starting to self-evaluate, to really think who we are, to fine our purpose, the skills and knowledge we have gained overtime, where is that supposed to lead us, the people we have met and what they have taught us. It is about determining the next ‘correct’ step in life and to be able to do something that will not become a burden especially when tough times are around the corner.
This requires devotion, personal development and teamwork. In our lives we will face many obstacles, have doubts about decisions, make mistakes and fail to achieve something the way we want to. Nevertheless, in order to develop we need instill a certain level of discipline to be consistent and to keep learning so that one day we may define who we really are. If we fail, then we need to keep our head held high and to remain motivated, because FAIL itself means ‘First Attempt In Learning’. It is important to avoid making the same mistakes repeatedly and yet expect to gain something, instead we must try and look for new ways to reach our goals.
A recent research shows that human beings on average have between 12000 to 60000 thoughts per day, though majority of these thoughts are repetitive and we have had before. Nonetheless, it goes a step further suggesting that only 20% of these thoughts we have are positive. Then how do we gain motivation and lean towards positivity especially since only a fifth of our thoughts are positive?
It is all down to our attitude and how we perceive something. We as humans have three ways which will determine our mindsets; by having a CAN DO attitude, a can’t do attitude or a won’t do attitude. The latter two are the easiest options to follow as they are part of the 80% of the negative thoughts we have. However what really makes the difference is the first option; the can do attitude, which allows us to engage in a thought process that breaks the conventional methodical approach and supports the rise of creativity. A scientist’s research consists of endless procedures and trial and error tests until one procedure provides the solution. Similarly, an entrepreneur ‘scans the environment’, generates multiple ideas and determines which one is best suited to the environment he or she wishes to serve. Even a sportsperson is engaged in creativity. A footballer develops skills that have the ‘wow’ factor to please the crowd and trouble the opposition teams, a cricket player finds ways to make runs or outfox the batsman by bowling the perfect ball. Though the aforementioned are completely different roles, they have one common characteristic, be it the world changing new scientific theory, a new state of the art entrepreneurial solution or a sportsperson trying to win the game for their team, they all have a sense of purpose and thus place their efforts on creating an opportunity that will make the difference.
This raises some key questions, what is the creativity? How does one become creative? And why are creative people successful? The answer to this lies in the empowerment paradigm; seeking the unknown, having true contact with reality, developing a sense of empathy, being resourceful and finally, being organized. These traits provide the basis of creativity. Incorporating them in our lives allow us to think, explore multiple options, evaluate their requirements, embrace ambiguity and connect the unconnected. Put simply, the empowerment paradigm helps us think, collect, create, correct and finally connect. Additionally, by applying a can do attitude and keeping ethical values in check, we can overcome the status quo and indigenously solve multiple problems, innovate and bring about advancements that will support development of the social, cultural and environmental norms sustain ably, through acquisition of real time information, providing value addition, knowledge development and forming strong networks. Therefore it can be said that the true secret to seeking the unknown is in the looking, not the finding.
Creativity is the journey that looks for what is unknown and discover new possibilities. The best way to get started is to stop procrastinating and start doing and the ideal time is today!