Jay Billups

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Creative Notes from the Editor

Creativity is our way of becoming better people and it’s something that we do every single day. You might be saying to yourself that you don’t feel very creative, and worse yet, you haven’t felt so in days, weeks or months. I’m here to tell you are, every single day.

When most people hear the word creativity they immediately think about art – music, painting, sculpture, etc. We tend to focus on tangible results. However, those things we see, hear, and feel are simply the results of creative processes. Creativity is problem solving, it is the doing, it is the trying.
Consider a painter creating a portrait of someone. Her problem is getting the likeliness of the subject on the canvas in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while still expressing her own style and satisfying the client.

Now consider a manager at a fast food restaurant who has to handle an unexpected rush due to the tour bus that just pulled up with 42 hungry people. His problem is to successfully serve the customers in a timely, efficient manner without abusing his already overworked staff.
The process for solving either one of these situations is where creativity lies … not the end result. To solve problems, we rely on past experience, motivations and inspirations. So, why should you care? The ability to solve high level problems is an innately human trait – it’s a superpower that we aren’t aware we have.

My charge to you is to simply be mindful of the ability you possess. Think about the superheroes in the movies and what they do when they become aware of a fantastic power. They practice and hone it, they try to do something with it. With practice and persistence, they are able to achieve more and tackle larger problems with much more confidence. That is now you! Your superpower is your personal brand of creativity. Go out there and try it out!

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.
~Arthur Ashe
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