Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Imagineering Workout ~ Update 3 Is Creativity an Illusive Dream?

The Imagineering Workout ~ Update 3

Is Creativity an Illusive Dream?

“Ever feel creativity is an illusive dream that only the few can grasp?

Everyone is talented - it’s natural to us!.”

Dan Dillon

Principal Graphic Designer,

Walt Disney Imagineering Florida

Do you think your creative cup is empty? Do you think you can’t do anything creative? Well you can! We all have a creative talent. We just need to find out what our creative ability is.

 “When it comes to your creative ability,

don’t worry if your glass is half full or half empty . .

just knock it over and use every last drop.”

Jason Grandt

Graphic Designer

Creative Development

I find it hard sometimes to focus creatively.  I have too many choices of creative outlets. I write, draw, play the flute (or did), crochet, cook, sew and put together computer graphics. That is my short list of hobbies! It is easy to say, “Well, that hobby is getting too hard. I’ll drop it.” and go onto another craft. Doing give up when it get difficult or even a little easy. I can’t grow as I would wish in learning and becoming more proficient at a craft. I play with one craft for a few days, weeks or months then go back to another or even pick up a new hobby. In some ways I wish I only had one or two creative outlets to focus on.

Ok, so you may not be able to draw, paint, write a poem or play an instrument. But, there is something creative inside each and every one of us! Can you cook a meal that is out of this world? When you decorate for the holidays do all your friends love it? Maybe you can pull together an outfit that any costumer would envy. The idea is to look for what you can do and work on that. Are you the go to person at work to solve logistical problems? Expand whatever it is you are already good at.

Look for where you are creative. What problem makes you excited? Look at whatever it is that sparks your interest and see what it is about it that excites you so much. See if you can find a creative outlet for that spark of energy. Now take that energy and see what creative use you can put that too.

Are you good at planning and scheduling? Then put that to use when you are planning an event or trip. Use it to help others plan things. Accept it as your “talent”. Can you pull a meal together to impress a guest with little warning and supplies? That takes talent!

People are born creative. As a baby it is through creative exploration and trial and error we learn to walk and talk. We just need to accept that we are not all born with the same creative talents. The world would sure be a boring place if we all did the same craft! Just think if everybody drew cartoons or just painted like the masters? Who would make the music? Who would write the stories and poems that inspire us? If we all did the “arts” who would cook?

Accept the creative talent you have and nurture it. Don’t worry if the glass is half full

If you wish to follow along and read the book for yourself here is the information:

The Imagineering Workout

By The Disney Imagineers

ISBN 078685554-1

It is available at

r half empty. Pour it out and play with it until the very last drop is gone.

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