Is Being Creative and Being Technically Creative two different aspects?What are the usual traits we associated with being creative – moody, unconventional, cool, bend the rules, do the dont’s, ask why not, surprises, popular, gifted, need their space, explore, self driven, self charged… Well, all these attributes fit so well when picture a Creative Director of an Advertising Agency, a columnist, a script writer and so on. Well, it is so true that these professions require such traits. These traits are the key to their professional success, and in a way, their personal lives too. More often than not these individuals are good at their field and have made up their mind to devote the maximum time and energy in that field itself. When passion combines with skill, when drive combines with perseverance, the combination is lethal. As a by product of their contribution to their respective fields the perception and image of being ‘Creative’ is re-enforced. Being ‘Creative’ is connoted with certain traits, and everyone in that field is believed to have those traits. Also, the kind of cult status these individuals possess, makes them popular and more desired. They make their jobs more enviable!!!
Now lets shift to being really really ‘Creative Technically’. Does all that we had been talking about hold good still? Perhaps not all, perhaps not most of it. There is indeed high respect for the research, agility, and ease with technicalities which is admired by a lot. Still somewhere if we were peg it, it still has not reached a cult status, a status where it is put at par with the being creative in non technical fields. Now, the Technically creative have a different set of traits associated – nerd, long working hours, non emotional, gifted, self driven, self charged, non with pronounced social skills, poor at communication with the public, not inclined on social networking, hooked to a virtual world… Well with all these traits, it does not achieve the stage where popularity and envy is associated. It is perceived to be laborious and not so cool. What is your experience on this subject. I would love to be proved wrong.