Creative thinking and entrepreneurship – is there a connection?

In a world of frequent changes, in the world of “tomorrow” with vast amounts of constantly changing information and knowledge, a world in which innovation and flexibility are required, a global world in which the individual can be much more involved in what is happening to him and around him, and in an age where economic competition is determined by innovation, every individual needs creative and entrepreneurial thinking skills in order to be successful, to be and to feel valuable on a personal and social level.

The ability to create and implement new things and ideas, to improve, plan, and solve problems, to change and make changes are essential qualities needed by everybody These qualities are essential for every person in order to integrate into society successfully and with a greater sense of capability.

Creativity and creative thinking can exist in any field, not just in art. Not everything that created is creative, but every person can be creative in every field of activity.

A product of thinking (tangible or spiritual product or reaction) is considered creative if it is new or original in relation to the previous thinking products of that person, has not happened incidentally and is useful, appropriate, accurate or valuable in a given context. Not every creative product is a world-class breakthrough, some products are “exceptional” in terms of the person creating it.

Creative thinking is not a gift belonging to geniuses and “unique” people only. In many studies it is found that even “ordinary” people can be creative. The expression of creativity can be encouraged or depressed by the external or internal environment of the person.

Creative thinking involves thinking patterns (the ways in which creative people conduct their cognitive actions), which can be nurtured directly by learning processes, skills and tools of creative thinking, and by diversifying teaching methods and adapting them to students by creating a safe climate, encouraging “childhood” and taking risks as well as providing tasks that require creative thinking.

Creative thinking can be nurtured and developed by creating a climate free of criticism and judgment (at least part of the time), a climate of trust and creativity. In addition, study and practice of skills and processes of creative thinking can enhance and optimize it.

In many schools the tasks require the student to Complete missing information, but do not require the development of creative thinking. Education for creative thinking and fostering creativity is a long process that accompanies people in all areas of life. Creative thinking is not just a collection of skills that can be developed through practice alone. To this end, it is necessary to maintain a climate that allows creativity over time and in various contexts as well as facilitating the transfer to life outside of school.

Creative thinking is also partly broad thinking. This thinking deals with changing concepts and perspectives, by expanding and challenging the observation and understanding of the existing perception.
Creative thinking is essential in an entrepreneurial process. In order to initiate a project in any field and to be able to implement it, it is necessary to go through an organized process that begins with the ability to imagine without inhibition, to filter the ideas and focus on one. This is a process that can be taught and is one of the important processes that we teach in our courses.

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