10 Must-Read Books Based on Creativity – Get Inspired

Today, the dominance of a person in any field depends upon how much creative he can get. Few years back, creativity was mostly associated with the art and craft tactics of children. The passage of time, however, has changed this view. Even the employers tend to hire people who have the power to imagine.

You might be thinking that creativity and imagination are meant for the gifted ones – not for simple people like you who are just treading their way through an academic curriculum or job. To surprise you, though, below is a list of ten popular books that have proven to be a game-changer for simple people like you – to inspire the creative side buried inside of you.

Thinking Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman has created this masterpiece to guide you on how to control your mind. The two minds in our single physical brain are always at war. One makes us conscious and wise in making our decisions. The other makes us do whatever we normally do instinctively, without giving a second thought. However, the second one makes us lazy by making us repeat our actions. In order to do things fast, it gives us an illusion that our decision is right.

There is no novelty in our thoughts, and we can never realize our true potential. We stick with our emotions all the time, although emotions are not always the right factor when deliberating on money and business matters. This book presents this right and teaches us when to trust our gut feeling, and when to leave it in the backyard. Daniel Kahneman is a psychologist and economist, as well as the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. So, you should at least give his famous book a try. Maybe, it may change your way of thinking.

Think Like Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci was a genius of his times. He had a creative grasp on so many and so varied topics that Michael Gelb set out to write this book on his thinking. In this book, the author has divided intelligence into types with each one being a distinct mapping of our brains’ abilities. He then states seven principles of the thinking way of Da Vinci.

The first one is Curiosita which is about being curious and asking questions, lots of questions, to satisfy your brain. The second one is Dimostrazione which is the way to prompt ourselves into experimenting and testing our thoughts. The third Sensazione teaches us to sensitize our senses so that we can truly appreciate and learn from the beauty around us.

The fourth one is Sfumato that was applied by Da Vinci in his paintings – smoke all around – to be inquisitive regarding the unknown. The fifth one Arte/Scienza throws a light on his way of relating science to art, and thereby strengthening the connection between our left and right brains. The sixth one is Corporalita which emphasizes on being physically fit and having healthy eating habits. The ultimate one Connessione teaches us to correlate between different things to understand them better. Also, you will find practical exercises and techniques in these books to apply these principles. 

The War of Art

This book by Steven Pressfield is truly about war, as in the title, but the war here is with our self. Many times we want to get certain tasks done, and we even think about doing it. Then there emerge enemies from within us – procrastination, self-doubt, fear, addiction – that stop us midway. Steven terms them Resistance. Many of you would think that it is human nature to procrastinate, to fear criticism but it is the human nature that makes few people extremely successful and others not.

In the subsequent parts of the book, the author guides us on how to defeat Resistance by taking small steps. He suggests us to work like a Professional. By this, he means that we should believe in ourself, and not let dissuading thoughts come to our minds. In the last part of the book, Steven talks about inspiration.

However, he doesn’t prescribe looking at other people for inspiration. Instead, he asks to dive in one’s self and start working, as he thinks that working is the only way to get inspired. Waiting for inspiration to start work means an unending wait forever.

How to Get Ideas

This book by Jack Foster has a really interesting illustration – a person catching ideas in the sea with his fishing rod. Identical to the illustration is the humorous and intriguing language of the book. Ideas are scarce is the general thought in several brains nowadays. However, this fact may not be true, but if you feel something like this – according to the author, you can build upon someone else’s ideas.

Wait, don’t go around stealing others’ projects – what it means is to learn something from others and improvise that with your ideas. But why always others, by thinking about every small thing you encounter, you can train your brain to become “Idea Prone”. The author has also stated ways to make your brain so by bringing humor and inquisitiveness to your aid.

Some people get so many ideas, and others moan that all that could have been conceptualized has already been stolen. What the latter ones neglect is a zeal to find ideas and do something. Alas, you won’t find innovative ideas in this book, but you will find how to make your thinking a fishing rod for ideas.

Lateral Thinking

This book by Dr. Edward De Bono teaches us basic geometry – changing angles. Changing angles here refers to the angles of our thinking. What we generally follow is the orthodox method of thinking inherited from our ancestors. Dr. Bono divides thinking into two methods. One is “vertical thinking”, the traditional straightforward method. The second one is “lateral thinking”, to solve the problem from a different angle.

We mostly hear stories that a particular discovery by a scientist was the result of an accident, and perhaps his luck. This is not true – to think to the extent that you make mistakes and discover something new is to be innovative. The author states that creative thinking is not a talent but a skill that can be acquired, and if already present can be honed.

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Then, he states techniques to think laterally. He suggests the readers to adopt methods like scanning alternatives, focused thinking, challenging the brain, random thinking, provoking conscience, harvesting ideas, and finally bringing them into existence. So, do give a chance to one of the best books on thinking to improve your thinking. 

 Where Good Ideas Come From

While De Bono doesn’t believe in luck, Steven Johnson quotes in this book that Chance favors the connected mind. He builds this concept on the concept of evolution where the fittest survives. His book moves parallel with the theory of evolution and suggests the readers that good ideas have to be shaped over time.

The first lesson teaches that by utilizing existing platforms, we can build our success from the products of other’ success. The second lesson stands on the old concept of team-work. Sharing ideas with others can help us improvise them with good suggestions, and also help in shaping someone else’s idea. The third lesson is regarding the act of sneaking into some old product, and look for possibilities of reshaping it.

The general biological analogy will make it easier for you to visualize the words, and maybe become an informative part-time biologist.

Creative Confidence

This is more of an experience book than a theoretical one. The authors Tom Kelly and David Kelly describe their work experience in the innovation firm IDEO. We always read about great artists and their vast creativity in their masterpieces. However, according to the authors, even a computer programmer is creative. His creativity is displayed when he codes a new application.

With a growing age, we stop using our creative minds. But this doesn’t mean that our creativity has died altogether. It is lying dormant somewhere inside, and with a little bit of training and focus, we can revive it again. Creativity in intellectual work was neglected for a long time. It was considered that a lawyer or a CEO only needs to read standard books of his profession and that creativity has no role in a professional environment.

Also, the authors state that the act of suppressing creativity starts right in the childhood with teachers favoring the ones who are rational and criticizing others. The authors head forward by stating that this mindset is now changing. The most important leadership skill in the commerce world nowadays is creativity. Give this book a try if you want to get innovative advice from two innovative employees.

A Technique for Producing Ideas

In this book, James Webb Young speaks about certain forces in our life. We can’t deny the existence of these forces. They have the ability to make us and also to break us in a blink. So, it is important that a person makes the utmost use of these forces and also the privileges that he has been showered with from heaven.

The author says that when trying to learn something new, first you need to scrutinize the principles. After you know the purpose of what you are doing, you should go further for learning the techniques to accomplish it. There are students today who do crash courses on a topic and learn the material that can land them a job practically.

However, the void of the underlying principle of the topic makes them prone to encounter failure in the future. Principles are the sources of ideas. How can a person come up with an idea when he doesn’t know the basics of what he is learning. Five basic steps happen when producing a new idea.

These are collecting informative material on a topic, working and experimenting on that material in your mind, leaving it altogether, and doing some other thing that excites you, suddenly a realization dawning upon you regarding that topic, solidifying your idea and submitting it for constructive criticism.

Making Ideas Happen

Scott Belsky is an investor and entrepreneur and the author of this book. This book primarily investigates into ideas that inculcate creativity and innovation in business. In the first lesson of this book, the author tells us to break all our work into three categories. The first is creating action steps, which means actual steps that are crucial for a work. The second one are references that will be useful in guiding you through your project. The third one is backburner items that will enhance the beauty of our project, but aren’t that important.

In the second lesson, Belsky states three types of people that are related to an innovative project. The first ones are Dreamers who just keep on dreaming about ideas and rarely come up with something solid. The second ones are Doers who can do pretty much any work directed to them but are poor regarding ideas.

The third ones are Incrementalists who can do both dreaming and doing, but often they take up so much work that they are not able to finish any one of them. In the third lesson, he teaches us the skills to be able to decide where to put our energy. And this lesson can be best taught by Scott Belsky alone who has done so much by putting his energy in the right direction at the right times.

Show Your Work

Austin Kleon doesn’t like promoting his work. Rather, he believes that your work should be so good that your audience has no chance of ignoring you. The author states the fear of many of the people of being a beginner. However, being a beginner poses many advantages like – accepting new methods of work, willing to take risks, and having a zeal to learn. Do not sit thinking that you are not good at something so you shouldn’t do it.

Take small steps and do something instead of doing nothing. The most important lesson that the author teaches is that a person should focus on the process instead of thinking of the product. A tree bears fruit when it is nurtured with patience, similar to Rome which was not built in a day. The author advises the readers to teach what they know and share their knowledge with others. Austin Kleon has been known for his great works, and this one adds to the list.

Hatch out some free time to render for these books. They will surely change your way of thinking.