Not everybody shall display such high levels of creativity the world has seen from the likes of John Wesley, Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein etc. but a little of creative displayed in our work, homes, marriages, assignments is always welcomed by all. What are some of the ways people kill their creativity.

  1. Self-Doubt

One of the easiest and the quickest ways to kill your creativity is to simply believe that you are not a creative person. Everybody has some level of creativity in them but only a minority develops such gifts to their optimum levels. If you admit that you are not a creative person, then you never took off the starting line. You have chosen to remain a considerable pace behind.

  1. Following Rules

Rule #1 – There are not rules. Creativity thrives in an environment that is very liassez-faire. Strict adherence to the rules despite its proven benefits under many circumstances produces little results in an organization that thrives on creativity. If you are a creative person, the best place to be a frustrated employee is an organization that is burdened with formality and bureaucratic processes. Creative people are always finding ways of bending the rules not out of mischief but out a genuine interest to make society a better place.

  1. Don’t Ask Questions

Any society that frowns on questions is always confined to the chapters of yesterday’s achievement. Development, innovation, invention and progress all thrive by asking questions, challenging the status quo and finding out better ways of undertaking old processes. If you are a creative person, then the best way to kill your creativity is by keeping mute.

  1. Trying to Fit In

One of the most disappointing things that can happen to anyone in society is the urge to blend in and be like everybody. Yes it safe. It gives you less heartache. But, Do you want to merely exist or do you want to live. Diversity is the artistic manifestation of the creativity of the author of life. Never listen to the voice that pushes you to conform to what everybody is doing. Become a thermostat, influence the flow and change the direction of the flow. Many may be comfortable to be associated with the norm but creative people dare to be different.

  1. There Is Only One Way

People who have adopted the phrase, “there is only one way” are often people who buried their creativity in the depths of apathy years ago. Such people will often argue, “this is how it has always been done, who do you think you are to try and change things around here?” Creativity should never submit to this principle. “Why must this be the only way,” creative people should ask. “Why not the other way,” they should demand. If you are a creative person then flee such limitations. Your creativity shall be crushed under the weight of the commonplace and under the pressures of men who see no future other than the one created decades ago.


About the Author, G.K. Sarpong

G. K. Sarpong is an author and founder of Christian Thinkers Community (CTC), a multidimensional organisation headquartered in Accra, Ghana. Sarpong also writes for several media firms across the continent of Africa and a guest writer and editor for various international journals and newsletters including Light Magazine Africa, The Revolution Journal and Christian Thinkers Journal. Sarpong has authored over seven books and hundreds of articles, some of which include Entrepreneurship Africa, Develop the Master in You, Building Success and Answers to Life’s Foundational Questions.