Welcome to a first in a series of “categorizations” articles where I briefly summarize all the ways people have devised to classify themselves.
I really like these categories. I really like categories, period. Did you know there are two types of people in the world? Those who think there are two types of people in the world, and those who know there are a lot more than two types of people in the world. Anyway, I still like categories.
These categories are from a book by Roger Von Oech, The Four Roles of the Creative Process.
- Artist: Creating something new, designing, making
- Warrior: Fighting to make something happen
- Explorer: searching for new things out there, wonder, curiosity
- Judge: Evaluating between alternatives
You may use this breakdown to evaluate how skilled you are in these roles. Challenge yourself to practice these roles!
Many of us could use more creativity in our lives. Others of us are so creative we can’t seem to function in “normal” society. For those who could use more creativity, these tips may help:
Barriers (attitutes) to creativity
“It’s not important” … may indicate that I’m getting lazy.
“I don’t have time” … may indicate that I am too busy.
“I already have the answer” … may indicate I am becoming arrogant.
“I’m not creative” … may indicate that I’m getting timid.
So go ahead, get creative already!