Quote of the Day – Creativity vs…

Dilbert on Creativity

“Creativityis allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

- Scott Adams

Yesterday we discussed the definition of creativity.  Today’s post expands on that definition by including a couple of clarifications which contrast creativity, art and innovation.  Scott Adams (creator of the Dilbert comic strip), has the above to say about creativity vs art.

For those of us in the business world, the following quote by Theodore Levitt might help us define some of the industry buzzwords that we often hear used (or over-used).

“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”

- Theodore Levitt

In a sense, these quotes give us both a “creativity is” and “creativity is not” understanding of creativity.  Beyond these, definitions of creativity are many and varied – everybody has their own opinion of what creativity means.  What do you think?  Share your comments below!


About Scott Adams:  Scott Adams is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip which has been famous among office workers since the 1990′s.  The humorous (or tragi-comic) situations encountered by its characters strike a chord with many employees, often mirroring experiences they have had at their own jobs.

About Theodore Levitt:  Theodore Levitt was an author and Harvard Business School professor and expert in the field of economics.  Among other things, he is known for popularizing the term “globalization”.

Image credit courtesy of Dilbert.com.

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