Can Acting Like a Kid Help Your Creativity?


If you’re like the fun bunch at CM Access, you’ve probably been told to “stop acting like a kid,” or “you’re being childish” once or twice throughout your life.  As children and teenagers, we can’t wait to reach the really cool world of adulthood. But once we’re here, we find that it’s not all fun and games.

As a parent, I’ve witnessed my kids create amazing stories, drawings, sculptures, games, and videos, all without the preconceived notion of “what happens if this fails?”  There it was, unabashed creativity happening right before my eyes.

In a creative profession, thinking outside the box is what you do. Unfortunately, the demands of adulthood, including ever-looming project deadlines and endless mortgage payments, can hinder your ability to get those creative juices flowing.  Research into the decline of creative thinking provides some pretty powerful insight into why inventiveness doesn’t come quite so naturally anymore…

“In a sample of 1500 children aged 3–5, 98% ranked as “geniuses” in divergent thinking; in children aged 8–10 the figure fell to just 32%; and by age 13–15 it had declined further to a mere 10%. In other words, children become less creative as they grow older. Moreover, in a control test of 2000 adults (aged 25+), only 2% ranked as geniuses.”

Tapping into your inner child could be the key to unlocking a treasure chest of ingenuity or a door to new perspective. A recent FastCompany article outlines the 7 Biggest Creativity Killers, like the “narrow-minded mob” and the “control crew,” and we’re sure you’ve come across both. Identify what’s stifling your imagination and challenge these “creativity killers.” Adulthood challenges are ever present, but it may not be a bad idea to take a cue from the kids to get your creative mojo back.

All work and no play does not make a happy creative!  But when you love your job, it doesn’t feel like work. Luckily CM Access’s savvy career experts are in the business of matching creative, marketing and interactive pros with positions they love, fostering lots of free-flowin’ creativity. Call us today at 800-330-4110 to get started or visit cmaccess.com to search open positions.

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