Creative Dreaming Can Make You Go Gaga

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Have you ever considered how your creativity can impact your dream success?

Fast Company – 100 Creative people I need to catch up with

The June 2010 issue of Fast Company covers The 100 Most Creative People in Business. They list everyone from Lady Gaga and her mix of music-design-marketing empire, to Chris Anderson, the founder of TED Conferences gathering the best from all disciplines to spread inspiration and innovation.

I happen to be a huge fan of both of them.

Several bloggers are on the list, from the very young 14-year-old Tavi Gevinson with Style Rookie, to the Founder of BlogHer, Lisa Stone.

All industries were represented – science, art, technology, fashion, social advocacy, and of course design in it’s many forms.

Feeling the need to identify a few stats about the 100 named, I came up with some basic information about everyone on the list:

  • Only 30 named are women, aged 14-71 (average age of 41.7)
  • Men take 70 places on the list, and are 17-67 years old (average age of 44.8)

What did I take away from all this success and creativity?

  • There needs to be more women on the list
  • I am more competitive than I usually admit

Most of these creative people are not household names. At least not my household. So what makes them so creative?

New ideas. Have you ever thought of a new product or invention? Of course you have. Usually I see it on the market within a few months and say ‘I thought of that!” The difference between your idea and the product on the shelf? The inventor took action.

New innovations. We use things everyday that have been around for a long time, and yet its the reworked, re-imagined new things that catch our eye. From energy sources to revolutions in social media, innovations take some creative thinking. And a ton of work.

New design. There are buildings, clothes , products and games – and then there’s a new design or interaction that makes you stop and admire. Thinking differently shows up in really cool places. Holding your own when the world thinks you are on the edge can really pay off. Just hang in there.

Between where I am today and the possibility of being on the list myself in the near future will be a ton of work. Are you ready for the commitment your dream will take?

Quick questions:

How many ideas have you put on the back burner?

Do you get creative blocks?

How do you get your creative spark back?

Share why, what, where your creative dreaming appear. I’m looking out for your comments . . .

~ Heather


  • DV

    I have enjoyed FC for years and I am constantly amazed that more people don’t know about it… The upside of it being unknown- the articles make for awesome conversation starters at dinners and bars- and its not like NYT where everyone rolls their eyes and says “I read that article too”… I try to promote it all the time so that it doesn’t find itself in the publication graveyard like so many other magazines. Glad to see that other people recognize it for its value too. Maybe one of your ventures will make it there too?

    • Heather, the e-commerce builder

      DV – Thanks for the comment. I agree – that magazine is packed with info. We are working toward getting in there one day… my hope is sooner rather than later.

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  • Catherine

    I like the average age – esp the ones int heir 60s. Love the magazine too.

    We also need to go to a BlogHer convention next year.

    Great post, you competitive? Nooooo (hear Catherine laughing and rolling on the ground) uhhh just a little.

    My creative spark comes from great classical music – especially movie scores, absolute quiet and alone time.

    To get my creative spark back I meditate or dance.


    • Heather, the e-commerce builder

      Yes! Making it to BlogHer next year will rock.

      I used to love classical music, but lately its dance or anything with a distinctive beat that keeps me motivated and focused.

      I promise not to listen to it that loud when anyone else is in the office…