All innovative solutions to problems are, by definition, creative.

Creativity is often taught, to kids, as a solo practice: a kid that is good at drawing, or music, is said to be creative. But creativity, for kids as well as adults, is not limited to the creative arts. James Dyson, creator of the Dyson vacuum, derived the system from experiencing a problem with his own household vacuum and then watching a giant cyclone vacuum system at a nearby sawmill plant.

The root of creativity then is to create-- to solve-- but we often don’t teach it to our students that way. Anyone who creates is creative: vacuums, drawings, woodworking, ways to wire a house… by limiting students’ understanding of creativity, we are also limiting their access to brainstorming, critical thinking, and team building.

All innovative solutions to problems are, by definition, creative.

To be a pioneer in innovative solutions is to be disciplined. Most things, we value in life, today, did not derive from an initial idea. It resulted from disciplined focus- connecting big picture insights with rigor in testing small variations.

Creativity is to integrate concepts towards a solution. Iteration is to break down abstract concepts. We can teach students that resilience, creativity and iteration lead to innovation and growth.

Originally published on LinkedIn.