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8 characteristics of creative people

8 characteristics of creative people

Are you creative? What are the characteristics of creative people?  Do you come up with original thoughts? How can you become creative?

There is a study that was done in the United States that shows creative  and successful people have certain characteristics that other people don’t have. The study shows that some people have the ability to be creative since a young age and that everyone can acquire those characteristics through practice.


To learn about the characteristics creative people have, follow the below steps:

1. Originality

As you probably know, originality attracts attention. When you do something that no one else have done, people will start to be curious to know how and where you want to end up with this original idea. Think of an idea, redesign it and make something new out of it.

2. Production

Learn to search for better ways to do tasks. Focus on what you do and you will find new possibilities and new ways of doing things.

3. Growth and Change

Creative people search for change constantly, so learn not to restrict yourself using the same old way of doing things. If you keep what you are doing, then you will get the same results. In life, you have to learn to change for the better, so you can grow and prosper.

4. Flexibility

Learn to be flexible and always learn the current inventions. People are challenged daily to be flexible in work, relationships, life and learning new things in general. If you have to learn something that could benefit you and benefit your business, then do so. As I mentioned in my book, “the ultimate guide to achieve your goals ” you have to keep in your mind that you always have to be flexible in achieving your goals.

5. Independent thinking

Learn to become an observer and an analyst. Gather all the information you can and then analyze and come up with your own analysis. Always think for yourself.

6. Sensitivity

Observe the world around you. Observe the nature, flowers, and people. Pick a flower and see its colors, smell, etc… Your sensitivity to the world and to your environment will raise your creativity.

7. Innovation

You must have the courage to try new things and if you want to build something out of the ordinary, then do so. Innovation and having courage are necessary for creativity. Many criticize new ideas and innovations, but at the end, these new ideas will flourish.

8. Ask questions

Always ask questions and ask people to explain what they mean and the things you don‘t understand. Don’t accept things as they are.

Always remember what Scott Adams said, “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

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  1. Hi Dia, I truly believe we all have the capacity for creativity. It just depends on how willing we are to use that muscle (or rather that right side of our brain). Sadly, too many people seem compelled to be “pragmatic”, compromising their creativity and in the process, neglecting to nurture an integral side (perhaps the soul?) of their existence. What happens to them? They languish. Still, I don’t think it’s ever too late to get creative! It has many practical application such as problem-solving, beautifying our surroundings, etc.

    • Dia says:

      Hi Belinda,

      Exactly, we all have the capacity for creativity. We just have to be willing to think outside the box and work on ourselves. We should always try to look and develop new ideas.

  2. Jk says:

    Dia – it’s amazing how creativity is within us all. At times, my creative juices flow so well. Other times, I can’t get any creative output.

    The very last quote by S. Adams mad me think…and it’s so true Dia. I know that much of my problem is that I manage my creativity – with doubt and over analyzing it the wrong way. Instead of analyzing how great it is, I analyze how bad it could be.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Dia says:

      Hi JK,

      Exactly my friend, we all can be creative. We just have to use our thinking skills in a positive way. I used to hear my old boss say, “he gets paid for his thinking.” That made me think how he does things and how he develops creative ideas constantly. For sure, we all can learn how to be creative, we just have to be willing to work on ourselves.

  3. Linda says:

    Dia, you’ve made me think…

    I try to be original although we’re all influenced by others, so it’s hard to do. But I try…

    I’m sensitive to what’s around me. Perhaps ‘over sensitive’ some would say, but there you go…

    Innovative? Need to come out of my comfort zone a bit more and look around, but I’m trying…

    Ask questions? Yep! All the time…

    • Dia says:

      Hi Linda,

      We all as human beings, influence and get influenced by others. One we do a task, we just need to do it differently and in a new way.

  4. Steven says:

    Hey Dia, good stuff! I think creativity is one of the most important skills to have in today’s economy, maybe even more so than a degree. All those characteristics you mentioned are crucial!

    Here is a good quote I discovered recently:

    “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”

    • Dia says:

      Hi Steve,

      I like the quote you mentioned. For sure, creativity is to think of new things constantly. This is one of the main things that differentiates leaders from followers.

  5. Kate says:

    Hi Dia,
    I think like any other skill, creativity needs to be practised and nutured….and the more you use it, the more it grows.

    • Dia says:

      Hi Kate,

      For sure my friend, the more we practice and nurture ourselves, the more we become creative. The more we try to think of new things, then we become accustomed to using our creativity.

  6. Richard says:

    Hi Dia,
    Love your blog, it’s very inspiring. In particular, I like posts like this that encourage people to look for ways that they can become creative and maybe start thinking outside the box.

  7. Hi Dia! I love your point on innovation: “You must have the courage to try new things and if you want to build something out of the ordinary.” I just saw the movie The Social Network about the creation of Facebook. It’s amazing when people think outside the box and have the guts to create what they’ve envisioned. So often we have brilliant ideas but we don’t follow through with them. We’re all creative geniuses but we don’t recognize it.

    Thanks for the reminder! Loving blessings!

    • Dia says:

      Hi Andrea,

      Exactly my friend, it is always nice to think outside the box. Many people have great ideas, they just didn’t follow through and never took action unfortuantley.

  8. Innovation has to be my favorite. Getting that needed “thing” and making it available before anyone else…

  9. alex says:


    Great post mate, and one that I think you have summarised nicely.
    I consider myself a creative soul, but there are still things you pointed out that I struggle with.
    I do however annoy people by asking questions until I am satisfied with the answer.

    The last quote ““Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” is pure genius if you ask me. I have no idea who that person is either (sorry)

    • Dia says:

      Hi Alex,

      Glad you like the post! Each one of us has some attractiveness. We always can improve ourselves by being positive and following just some simple steps.

  10. Nora says:

    Hello Dia,

    I like your post and all the above comments.
    Actually I was never realized that I’m an artistic person until my mentor mentioned it the I’m an artistic person.
    Ya, it’s true.. all of your 8 characteristics mentioned above have similarity with me. The only that I need to strengthen it and make it flow in my heart/ blood.
    I do thank you to my beloved Mentor – Jessica Teh, who has always inspiring me to find value of my ownself. to be aware of my ownself, reflect and improve.
    Since, I’ve found this post, I’ll use it as my guide to achieve my goal! Thank you. :)