Creativity Flows at GEC

When I think of an entrepreneur, I think of the characteristic of creativity. Creativity is the use of one’s imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness. At the Guinness Enterprise Center, that’s exactly what I could see peering into each office space as a new company began their start. Creativity can be what brings people together and also what tears them apart. This can be seen especially in contrasting cultures. We may not appreciate someone else’s art, for example, of they are from a more high-context culture like Ireland. We like rules and clear cut plans that totally oppose the ideas of creativity. We, as Americans, may not be able to truly see the hidden messages of a piece of art that was created because we function as needed to be explicitly told something.

It made me think of how creativity is such a vital skill to have and yet seems to be overlooked in the United States. When we are taught how to do something, we complete it and learn how to do it exactly as told. This lacks creativity as you’re following a pattern of repetitive actions over and over again, especially in the business world. In Ireland, and other high-context cultures, creativity is high rewarded and encouraged. They don’t promote the simple 9-5 job that requires explicit rules and instructions to follow. All of this talk about creativity made me think about how much I value this skill, especially about myself. I’ve always known I was creative ever since I was little and my parents really encouraged it all throughout my childhood. In highschool, I took every art class imaginable and in my senior year I was able to create a massive portfolio for all my work. For me, I really enjoy this trait about myself because it allows me to think differently about things. In a business context, creativity seems to be undervalued. I strive to implement my creative mindset in everything I can in school and work. It has allowed me to become a great worker and create great relationships.

However, my creativity has its limits. Many people who are creative might also say they are carefree. I can say the complete opposite about myself because I am someone, like many other low-context Americans, who rely on schedules and outlines. I need to organize my day and keep on time with everything I do. The stereotype of the Irish being late to events and not highly valuing a schedule is very true and it is something I will probably never be capable of. My mind is at ease when I have a schedule and get things done on time, this allows me to focus on my more “free flowing creative side.” Looking at the Irish culture, they are never stressed about a schedule and meeting deadlines if it means they are putting in solid work. I hope to work on that kind of mindset in the future after this trip as it can probably help my creative work that I do become so much better (even if it means missing a couple deadlines).

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