Doing This 1 Simple Thing Proves You Can Be Creative

Doing This 1 Simple Thing Proves You Can Be Creative

Doing This 1 Simple Thing Proves You Can Be Creative

I have a lot of ideas. Like, a lot. There’s a 10-page document on my computer dating back to the early 2000’s with a nostalgic backlog of concepts for products and services and technologies and plotlines and experiments, all eagerly awaiting their turn to be built, each idea clearly jealous of the select few of its peers I’ve actually had the time to execute on. They’re all over the place, too, ranging from a new type of ergonomic chair to a plan for stopping hurricanes, from the next big dating app to a concept for harnessing the regular pulses of quasars to create a universal positioning system for when interstellar travel finally becomes possible.

Sometimes when working on one idea, I’ll get so excited about another that I’ll forget about the first one and start working on the second one, only for that second one to then fall victim to the same process that befell the first one. And this will recurse over and over again until I have an anxiety-inducing stack of half-complete smart clothing concepts and kitchen gadget prototypes sitting on the floor of my small, New York City apartment. I’ve heard it referred to before as Creative Compulsive Disorder, and despite the fact that none of my other hypochondria-induced health fears of the likes of brain aneurysms and flesh-eating bacteria have ever come true, I’m pretty sure about this one this time.

To me, being creative is one of the most exciting, fun, and fulfilling things one can ever do, so I find it particularly upsetting when, like most adults (including you, perhaps?), someone dejectedly, but matter-of-factly, tells me that they’re just not creative and don’t have any unique ideas. That’s just not true, and I want to prove it to you.

Take a minute to pick 10 random syllables from this list of over 10,000 english syllables, and string them together to form your very own, made-up word. Ready? Go.

Ok, so what did you come up with? Probably not the same one I did (ZI RAKE COM CHIVE HOY IF INKED GOOF AA SHIN anyone?) Since there are a staggeringly huge number of possible 10-syllable combinations you could have chosen from (about 10^40, or roughly ten thousand trillion times more than the number of stars in the universe), you’re almost guaranteed to be the first human who ever has or ever will utter those sounds. Even if all 7 billion people on the planet picked a new random 10-syllable word each second, it would take more than a trillion lifetimes of the universe before your word would be guaranteed to have been picked. Congratulations, you are both incredibly creative and 100% unique!

Now take solace in the fact that there are certainly way more than 10^40 ideas out there, all of them just waiting to be discovered (by you!) and made a reality. You just did it once… now have the confidence to go do it again!