Intelligence and creativity:
Intelligence is “the ability to acquire and utilize knowledge.” Intelligence Quotient (IQ) is measured by one’s ability to use the knowledge gained.
Creativity is the capacity to come up with new ideas through a mental process of connecting existing concepts. The ideas don’t have to be advanced, they just have to be new.
Intelligence plays a part in creative thinking:
In mathematics and basic sciences, IQ is immensely important because it shows your ability to memorize concepts and repeat their results on similar problems. If I tell you that two plus two equals four, you should be able to intelligently conclude that four plus four equals twice the original answer.
Your IQ is generally measured by an ability to understand information and provide solutions, no matter the circumstance. This fact alone demonstrates its relation to creativity. Intelligence is not only vital for understanding creative thinking but also for improving it.
Intelligence is the ability to filter solutions efficiently(creativity):
If you’re great at acquiring knowledge through books, lectures and you have the ability to put that knowledge to use effectively. But you lack the ability to efficiently filter through solutions than those who are intelligent. This concludes that intelligence only gets you so far when it comes to creativity. To be creative is to pull existing knowledge into a new situation and quickly sort through potential outcomes.
Being able to come up with creative ideas isn’t something you need a high IQ to succeed. Once you’ve got a level of knowledge gathering and utilization that’s about average, you’re well on your way to having the creative potential of Albert Einstein or SteveJobs.
So intelligence matters, it demonstrates your ability to gather knowledge and effectively use it. Creativity is the ability to go beyond the intelligence frame and capitalize on seemingly random connections of concepts.
Creatives don’t need to be more intelligent than the average person.
They simply do three things more diligently than anyone else:
- Have more experiences
- Think about their experiences more often
- When they start attempting possible outcomes to problems or projects they simply work more possible ways
There are facts of creativity that are different from intelligence. These two words are not synonymous. Yet studies suggest that there is probably more overlap between creative and intelligent than we realize.
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination” -Albert Einstein
Creative thinking improves your productivity and helps to achieve financial independence and can foster your early retirement.
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