Creativity as a Strong Professional Trait

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Last week, my husband and I decided to get new furniture for our living room. For the past year, we didn’t have a TV in there, but we decided to change that. So now we have a TV and stand. Plus, we got more space for our many, many books. While trying to decide on which TV stand and bookshelves to buy, we saw that the bookshelves from IKEA were more than double the price if we got any color other than white. So – of course – we went with white. As an artist in my free time, though, I’ve decided that I’m going to paint the bookshelves and TV stand. The white color will wash out the room since we already have white walls, but hopefully I can fix that. We’ve been discussing color schemes, themes, and even the idea of murals.

Something that I believe all professionals should do is to get in touch with their creative sides. Even LinkedIn agrees (check out their article on why creativity is the top skill for all professionals). Creativity helps build problem-solving skills. Coming up with new ideas helps with marketing techniques, sales, and approaching management from a new angle.

Practicing creativity is also great for entrepreneurs. When you’re coming up with a new concept or a new way to solve a problem of the people, you need to be creative! You’re starting from scratch and have to use just as much right-brain as left-brain when trying to start a new business.

The right side of your brain (where creativity stems from) is also the risk-taker side. Building this will help you be more willing and able to jump in the deep end with all aspects of your company, and feel comfortable with a “take charge” attitude.

Finally, taking some time to relax with a creative project is a great way to take a breather and recharge. My paintings, writings and crocheting have probably been the most beneficial thing that I have done for my professional life. Step away for a few minutes each day to flex that creative muscle and you’ll see what a difference it can make.

AJ Jewell

AJ Jewell

Amber "AJ" Jewell started at in 2016 as a part-time admin assistant, quickly moving to be the 'Duchess of Flow" - making sure that the office is flowing smoothing. AJ is also an award-nominated author, homeschooling parent of three, an avid reader, and a college student.
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