Are we born creative or is creativity something we can develop? Can we only be creative in certain domains or can we be creative across contexts? These are big questions, and there has been a great deal of research on creativity over the past couple of decades. One thing that seems to make a huge difference in the outcome of these answers comes back to you: Do you think you are creative?
Thomas Edison created 1000 light bulbs that didn’t work. But that’s never how his story is told - In textbooks, he is called, “The inventor of the light bulb,” rather than “The man who failed 1000 times.” Edison himself considered those 1000 trials to be necessary steps in the successful invention of his final product. Failure is an inherent piece of the creative process, an expected piece of problem solving.