21 February 2024

Creativity: your future superpower


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By: Dr. Nahrizul Adib Kadri

In today’s fast-paced and rapidly changing world, creativity is increasingly being recognized as a valuable skill. As technology continues to advance and automate many tasks, the ability to think creatively and to come up with novel solutions to problems will become more important. This skill will involve being able to think outside the box, to come up with original ideas, and to apply creative thinking to a range of challenges.

One way to develop and enhance your creativity is to embrace change and uncertainty. Instead of resisting new ideas and experiences, try to see them as opportunities to learn and grow. This can help you to be more open-minded and flexible in your thinking, and to be more receptive to new ideas and perspectives.

Another way to foster creativity is to engage in activities that are enjoyable and stimulating. Allowing yourself to have fun and to engage in playful, imaginative activities can help to loosen up your thinking and to stimulate your creativity. This can include activities such as drawing, painting, writing, or playing music, as well as more traditional forms of play such as sports, games, and puzzles.

By embracing change and uncertainty, being open-minded and curious, and engaging in enjoyable and stimulating activities, you can develop and enhance your creativity and be better prepared to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the future.

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The author is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Universiti Malaya, and may be reached at nahrizuladib@um.edu.my