The art of being original Times of India 3 rd Aug 2007

 
 

The art of being original

                                                              By Kapil Kakar


Start perceiving things with a fresh mind, as if they are happening with you for the first time. You will realise that all experiences are different


The world as it evolves constantly seeks and needs new innovative ideas. Creative thinking, by its inherent nature is the cornerstone of any relationship and the singular factor which keeps an organisation competitive and successful. Fresh ideas are hard to come by, they literally have to be invented, and they have the capacity to change the course of a person’s life.

Competence:

Professionalism is part competence and part attitude. There is no substitute for well grounded contemporary knowledge in your field of work. This contributes greatly to your confidence and will allow you to make value additions to your organisation.

Habituation:

Originality never arises out of habituation. Habituation usually happens by degrees which makes it deep rooted and hinders the generation of fresh ideas. Getting into monotony, whether at work or in life in general is a trap which drains vitality from the mind.

Attitude:

As people, we are naturally inclined towards slotting our experiences, people we meet, and different situations based on our acquired perception. This does not put the necessary strain on our creative faculties and curtails further learning and consequently generating new ideas. An individual then lives in a self created world where he/she is well versed with all the elements.
Start perceiving things with a fresh mind, as if they are happening with you for the first time. You will realise that all experiences are different. Certain similarities
between two experiences do not make them the same and should not pre determine our actions or reactions.

Curiosity:

Curiosity is the most potent attribute to be creative and original. Curious people are neither habituated nor inclined to believe that they have all the answers. Even shyness and peer group pressure can stifle curiosity. Questioning and experimenting will never let your life lapse into a humdrum existence.