Some of the world’s greatest inventions were improvements on someone else’s ideas, but when does being inspired by someone else’s work become cheating? This article from Scott Ginsberg on LinkedIn offers some controversial insights into the matter.
Keeping things the same, maintaining the “status quo”, is thought by many to be the safe option. However, life is full of examples of this kind of inertia actually being the high risk option.
David Burkus is the author of The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas. He is also founder of LDRLB and assistant professor of management at Oral Roberts University.
Exploring space technology so humans can live on other planets: these are hugely ambitious – and some would say unlikely – plans. Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has the CV and attitude of someone who might just succeed.
Researcher Vera John-Steiner wanted to know “What nourishes sustained productivity in the lives of creative individuals?” She interviewed over 70 living creative geniuses and analyzed the notebooks of 50 dead ones.
For a work to be truly creative, it has to depart from the status quo at some point. That departure from certainty makes many people uncomfortable. When that certainty is challenged, a bias against creativity develops.