Creativity and saying sorry

My middle kid made a wonderful wooden Santa at school this week. On showing us his piece of art he made an excuse and said it looked like it had been through a fire.

I thought it looked awesome.

It is funny how, no matter how much I tell him he doesn’t need to apologise, he apologises for his work.

If you’re ever running a team meeting or a workshop then try running a variation of a Purdue creativity test. At the start of the workshop I ask everyone to draw a picture of the person next to them. They get 30 seconds to draw.

It’s a great warm up exercise to get people relaxed but it also shows something quite telling. Everyone apologises for their work. They make excuses. They say sorry.

I wonder at what point we start to worry about our creativity. My littlest couldn’t give two hoots he just creates. He makes art and he doesn’t apologise.

School? From us, parents? From peers?

It’s certainly prevalent in adults and the workplace. It’s why I focus on trying to break these habits, fears and thoughts down. When we can present our ideas, creations and work without feeling the need to apologise, we can do good work.

I’m trying to work out how to rewind my two eldest boys a little. Get them back to not giving a damn, and just creating what brings them joy.