First Immersion then Creation
There certainly is nothing wrong with the ‘blank slate’ style of creativity – that kind of creative endeavour that is often displayed by beginners or novices in any given field. However, true creative genius is more usually a product of someone who has attained ‘eminence’ or ‘expertise’ in their given field. More often than not, creative genius follows an incubation period – a period of time in which the fundamental rules, principles and techniques of a skill-set become fully internalised. Here is where the oft-cited 10-year-rule comes into effect. Ten years in a given field can give rise to a profound level of ownership of the tenets and principles in that field – hopefully, creating a fertile bed from which novel and breakthrough ideas can emerge.
Total immersion in our chosen field can give rise to a level of ownership that in turn may ultimately give rise to true creative genius. Immersion first – then creativity.