Everybody has a creative mind, but it requires a way to express it to the world. Creativity makes a person think a more productive way, find efficient solutions to improve human lives.
There are tons of books on unleashing creativity on the internet. But here in this article, I picked up 6 books that I personally read and are the most influenced and practical approach to creativity. These 6 books will help you to improve your thinking ability and unleash the potential of creativity and innovation with you.
What is creativity?
Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others
-Robert E. Franken
#1 Think Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman
The name of the book itself tells what the book is all about;Kahneman is an Israeli-American Nobel literature in economic science and a psychologist. He pointed out two systems of thinking, think fast and slow. Two systems will not work simultaneously, but it’s about a situation where these two systems come into play.
The easiest way to increase happiness is to control your use of time. Can you find more time to do the things you enjoy doing –Kahneman
When a person thinking fast on a situation, his view will be different and that required but not for all situations. Some time slow thinking will help to understand the dimension of the situation and he can able to see more clear things which will result in a great positive decision.
In this book Kahneman explore a different type of exercise to engages the mind to find a solution.
This book must be read for students, business people, entrepreneurs, and who want to improve their decision-making ability.
Goodreads Rating: 4.13
#2 Art of Creative Thinking By Rod Judkins
Creativity is not something that you are born with. It is how we have to develop through thinking. Creativity can improve the things which we see; creativity can help us to work efficiently.
The creative mind seeks chance and accident while everyone else seeks control and order – Rod Judkins
The book is written by Rod Judkins is a lecturer at Central St Martin’s. The book gives a step by step insight into how to develop and express creativity with some scenario and success story may help you to find a way to think and gives cue on creativity.
All the chapters in this book are short and insightful. You can pick any chapter and start reading there is no linear way to start from the first chapter.
Goodreads Rating: 4.07
#3 Making Ideas Happen By Scott Belsky
Everybody gets Ideas in some way, Ideas will come when the mind is calm and still. An entrepreneur always concentrates on ideas when they get they immediately write it down and they will start working on it. Success is for only those who execute ideas.
Creativity is, quite simply, a genuine interest combined with initiative.
Creative people tend to have lots of ideas on how to improve product or service, but they have difficulties to execute those ideas. Everybody has lots of ideas they come and go, but success only comes to those who can execute those ideas into action.
Scott Belsky the author of this book, the book divided into three sections, Organization and Execution; the Forces of Community; Leadership Capacity. These three organized actions will help to execute any ideas into reality.
Goodreads Rating: 3.97
#4 Creative Confidence By David Kelley
Creative Confidence is written by the founder of IDEO and Stanford design school David Kelley and Tom Kelley. They Identified principles and strategies to explore our creative potential and how we can approach and solved problems.
Striving for perfection can get in the way during the early stages of the creative process – David Kelley
This book gives some guidelines and examples of how design thinking created some great solutions. This book helps us on how to be more productive and successful in our business and career.
Goodreads Rating: 4.04
#5 Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert
The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them – Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert shares her wisdom of the imaginative processes about creativity. Gilbert explains how curiosity leads to ideas, and when ideas are paid attention to, true magic can happen. She says, ” The idea will organize coincidences and portents to tumble across your path, to keep your interest keen everything you see and touch and do will remind you of the idea.
Goodreads Rating: 3.91
#6 The Artist’s Way By Julia Cameron
Creativity – like human life itself – begins in darkness – Julia Cameron
A decade-old Books on creativity but still more relevant books on creativity. Julia Cameron pointed out exercise and techniques to harness creativity within you.
Goodreads Rating: 3.90
Everybody has a creative mind, it is you that how to start implementing ideas into actions, Creativity helps the mind active and is always in search of a solution to problems.
Somebody will get creativity by actions or by work. most of us need to understand the mind concept, it requires some help. These books will help you to express your creativity with confidence.